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Wilcome Cotton II

This article is about the son of Tolman Cotton. For the son of Holman Cotton, see Wilcome Cotton I.
Wilcome Cotton
Biographical Information
Other names"Jolly"
BirthS.R. 1384
ParentageFarmer Cotton and Lily Brown
SiblingsTom, Rose, Nick and Nibs
Physical Description

Wilcome "Jolly" Cotton was a Hobbit of Bywater.


[edit] History

Wilcome was born in S.R. 1384, named after his uncle Will.[1] Jolly and his brother helped their father fend off Sharkey's ruffians, and actively participated in the revolt and Battle of Bywater.[2]

[edit] Etymology

From Old English willa "pleasure" + cuma "guest"; Wilcuma is a welcome guest. Jolly comes from Old French jolif "merry, happy", which is cognate to the word yule.[3]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

Wilcome lives at number 5, South Lane, in Bywater.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  3. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of names"