15 July 2011

365 Days of Middle-Earth ~ Day 15: Baggins

The Baggins were an old family of the Shire, found mostly in Hobbiton. They had always been an important and well-respected family in the Shire, until Bilbo set out on the Quest for Erebor with Gandalf and the Dwarves; upon his return, he gained a reputation as being "queer" and "odd," but also very rich. Bilbo Baggins, the Ring-finder, and his nephew, Frodo Baggins, the Ring-bearer, were the two most important hobbits of the Third Age of Middle-earth.

Origin of the Name

Baggins is an English translation of the Westron name Labingi, which may have been related to the Westron word labin, meaning "bag."

Baggins family tree (Click to enlarge)

Heads of the Baggins Family

Balbo Baggins - First recorded head of the Baggins family. It has been established that he was the ancestor of all known members of the family. He was head of the family until TA 1258 by Shire-reckoning.

Berylla Baggins - The wife of Balbo Baggins; according to hobbit tradition, if the wife survived the head of the family, then she in turn would inherit the headship.

Mungo Baggins - Succeeded by his widow, Laura. By Shire-reckoning, he was head from TA 1258-1300.

Laura Baggins - Seven years younger than her husband Mungo, Laura survived him by sixteen eyars and held the headship until she was 102 (from TA 1300-1316 by Shire-reckoning); she was succeeded by her eldest son.

Bungo Baggins - A wealthy hobbit, due in part to his marrying into the Took family, Bungo was most famous for building the great smial of Bag End. He was head from TA 131-1326 by Shire-reckoning; his widow, Belladonna, succeeded him. 

Belladonna Baggins (Took) - She was head of the family from TA 1326-1334, until she was succeeded by her only son, Bilbo Baggins.

Bilbo Baggins - Head of the family from TA 1334-1421, Bilbo inherited Bag End along with the headship. When Bilbo disappeared on an adventure with Gandalf and the thirteen Dwarves, he was presumed dead, and the headship almost went to his natural heir, Otho Sackville-Baggins. When he again disappeared after his 111th Birthday Party, the Shire-hobbits were not so quick to presume him dead; and so he held onto the headship for the remainder of his time in Middle-earth.

Ponto Baggins - He became head in TA 1421 following Bilbo's departure from Middle-earth. His departure, however, caused legal trouble, as technically Bilbo was still alive, and therefore remained head of the family. The hobbits passed a new law stating that passing into the West was grounds for inheritance, and the headship passed to Ponto Baggins.

Further List of Baggins

Angelica Baggins - The daughter of Ponto Baggins. Noted for her vanity, she received a mirror from Bilbo after his farewell party.

Balbo Baggins - Married Berylla Boffin; they had five children: Mungo, Pansy, Ponto, Largo, and Lily. 

Bilbo Baggins - The Ring-finder.

Bingo Baggins - Brother of Bungo Baggins. Married Chica Chubb; they had one son, Falco Chubb-Baggins.

Bungo Baggins - The father of Bilbo Baggins and the builder of Bag End.

Daisy Baggins - Frodo's cousin; daughter of Drogo's brother Dudo; married Griffo Boffin.

Drogo Baggins - Married Primula Baggins. They were rumoured to have drowned in a boating accident (an unusual activity for hobbits), leaving their son Frodo orphaned until taken in by Bilbo.

Frodo Baggins - The Ring-bearer.

Laura Baggins - Bilbo's grandmother. She married Mungo Baggins, and they had five children: Bungo, Belbo, Longo, Linda, and Bongo.

Linda Baggins - Married Bodo Proudfoot and had a son named Odo.

Lobelia Sackville-Baggins - Gained ownership of Bag End after Frodo sold it to her before leaving on his quest to Mount Doom; she returned it to him following the Scouring of the Shire, thus ending the feud between Bilbo and Frodo and the Sackville-Baggins.

Lotho Sackville-Baggins - Nicknamed "Pimple" due to his complexion; became an accomplice of Saruman during the War of the Ring. He was killed (and it was implied that he may have also been eaten) by Gríma Wormtongue.

Mungo Baggins - Married Laura Grubb and had five children.

Otho Sackville-Baggins - Attempted with his wife, Lobelia, to seize Bag End from Bilbo. His ambition was to be head of two families at once.

Primula Baggins - Daughter of Gorbadoc Brandybuck and Mirabella Took; wife of Drogo Baggins; mother of Frodo Baggins.

Rosa Baggins - Daughter of Ponto Baggins and Mimosa Bunce; older sister of Polo; married Hildigrim Took.

The Sackville-Baggins

The Sackville-Baggins family was founded after Longo Baggins married Camellia Sackville, and their son, Otho, adopted the double-name of Sackville-Baggins, which his wife, Lobelia, kept. They had a son, Lotho, who was murdered; upon Lobelia's death, the Sackville-Baggins line had become extinct.

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