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'''Bandobras "the Bullroarer" Took''' was the son of [[Thain]] [[Isengrim Took III|Isumbras III]] of the [[Took Family|Took]] line.  
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'''Bandobras "the Bullroarer" Took''' was the son of [[Thain]] [[Isengrim Took III|Isumbras III]] of the [[Took Family|Took]] line.<ref name="Took">{{App|Took}}</ref> He was distinguished by his great height (for a [[Hobbits|Hobbit]]), being four foot five and thus able to ride a horse.<ref>{{FR|Hobbits}}</ref>
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Bandobras was famous for averting a goblin invasion of [[the Shire]] at the [[Battle of Greenfields]], and personally slaying the goblins' leader, [[Golfimbul]].<ref name="Party">[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Hobbit]]'', "[[An Unexpected Party]]"</ref>
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Bandobras was famous for averting a [[Orcs|goblin]] invasion of [[the Shire]] at the [[Battle of Greenfields]] of {{TA|2747}},<ref>{{App|TA}}</ref> and personally slaying the goblins' leader, [[Golfimbul]]. He took the Golfimbul's head off with a club. The goblin's head flew through the air for 100 yards and went down a rabbit hole; it is said that this is how the game of golf was invented.<ref name="Party">{{H|Party}}</ref>
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Nothing is known about Bandobras' family, other than he had "many descendants", some of whom were the [[North-took Family|North Tooks]] of [[Long Cleeve]].<ref name="Took"/>
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==Genealogy==
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{{familytree | | | ISG | | |ISG=[[Isengrim Took II|Isengrim II]]}}
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{{familytree | | | |!| | | |}}
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{{familytree | | | ISB | | |ISB=[[Isumbras Took III|Isumbras III]]}}
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{{familytree | FRB | | BDB |FRB=[[Ferumbras Took II|Ferumbras II]]|BDB='''BANDOBRAS'''}}
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{{familytree | |!| | | |!| |}}
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{{familytree | FTB | | MDS |FTB=[[Fortinbras Took I|Fortinbras I]]|MDS=Many descendants,<br/>Including the<br/>[[North-took Family|North-tooks]]<br/>of [[Long Cleeve]]}}
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{{familytree/end}}
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==Etymology==
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Bandobras is a Germanic name meaning "arm-band".{{fact}}
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[[J.R.R. Tolkien|Tolkien]] noted that the alliteration between Bandobras and Bullroarer was significant and that translators should attempt to keep it.
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It is noteworthy that Tolkien believed while writing ''[[The Hobbit]]'' that "bullroarer" was an instrument of primitive peoples that made a roaring sound, as named by anthropologists. However he did not find it in any dictionaries,<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 764</ref> and is perhaps attributable to his own invention combined with [[Wikipedia:false memory|false memory]].
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==Other versions of the legendarium==
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In editions prior to the [[The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition)|50th Anniversary Edition]] of ''The Lord of the Rings'', the Prologue gave Bandobras' father as [[Isengrim Took II|Isengrim II]]. This was based on an earlier version of the Took family tree,<ref>{{RS|3XIXc}}</ref> but was never corrected.<ref>{{HM|RC}}, p. 6</ref>
  
==Parentage==
 
In editions prior to the [[The Lord of the Rings (50th Anniversary Edition)|50th Anniversary Edition]] of ''The Lord of the Rings'', the Prologue gave Bandobras' father as [[Isengrim Took II|Isengrim II]]. This was based on an earlier version of the Took family tree, but was never corrected.<ref>[[Wayne G. Hammond]], [[Christina Scull]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'', page 6</ref>
 
 
==Inspirations==
 
==Inspirations==
 
It is possible [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] was inspired by one George von Hohenzollern, who, like the Bullroarer to Bilbo, held the image of the bold ancestor to Tolkien:
 
It is possible [[J.R.R. Tolkien]] was inspired by one George von Hohenzollern, who, like the Bullroarer to Bilbo, held the image of the bold ancestor to Tolkien:
{{quote|He [the Bullroarer] charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of the Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfimbul's head clean off with a wooden club.|"[[An Unexpected Party]]"<ref name="Party"/>}}
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{{Blockquote|He [the Bullroarer] charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of the Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfimbul's head clean off with a wooden club.|"[[An Unexpected Party]]"<ref name="Party"/>}}
{{quote|She [Tolkien's aunt Grace] alleged that the family name ["Tolkien"] had originally been "von Hohenzollern", for they had emanated from the Hohenzollern district of the Holy Roman Empire. A certain George von Hohenzollern had, she said, fought on the side of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria at the Siege of Vienna in 1529. He had shown great daring in leading an unofficial raid against the Turks and capturing the Sultan’s standard. This (said Aunt Grace) was why he was given the nickname Tollkühn, "foolhardy"; and the name stuck.|[[Humphrey Carpenter]], ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography]]''}}
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{{Blockquote|She [Tolkien's aunt Grace] alleged that the family name ["Tolkien"] had originally been "von Hohenzollern", for they had emanated from the Hohenzollern district of the Holy Roman Empire. A certain George von Hohenzollern had, she said, fought on the side of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria at the Siege of Vienna in 1529. He had shown great daring in leading an unofficial raid against the Turks and capturing the Sultan’s standard. This (said Aunt Grace) was why he was given the nickname Tollkühn, "foolhardy"; and the name stuck.|[[Humphrey Carpenter]]<ref>{{HM|Bio}}</ref>}}
  
== Portrayals in Adaptations ==
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==Portrayals in adaptations==
'''2003: ''[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|Sierra's The Hobbit]]'':'''
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|File:The Lord of the Rings Online - Bullroarer's statue.jpg|Bullroarer's statue in ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]''
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|File:The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey - Bandobras Took.jpg|Bandobras Took in ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]''
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===Films===
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'''2012: ''[[The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]'':'''
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:In trying to convince [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] of his [[Tooks|Tookishness]], [[Gandalf]] talks about the story of Bandobras Took and his victory at the [[Battle of Greenfields]]. He also says that Bandobras invented the game of golf in his killing of [[Golfimbul]] but qualifies this by suggesting that it is an embellishment.
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===Games===
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'''2003: [[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|''The Hobbit'' (2003 video game)]]:'''
 
:The first Hobbit outside [[Bag End]] recounts the story of Bandobras, followed by the accusations that young hobbits do not know enough about their history.
 
:The first Hobbit outside [[Bag End]] recounts the story of Bandobras, followed by the accusations that young hobbits do not know enough about their history.
  
 
'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
 
'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
 
:The public test server is named Bullroarer after Bandobras Took.
 
:The public test server is named Bullroarer after Bandobras Took.
:In [[Brockenborings]] there is a wooden statue depicting Bandobras just after he defeated the goblin. Every spring the [[Shire]] celebrates Bullroarer Took Day when the Hobbits drink tankards of Bullroarer's Brew and also place tankards of the drink under his statue in his honor. Bullroarer's Brew was Bandobras' favorite drink and it was named after him. It is a beer brewed out of clovers.
 
  
==References==
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:In [[Brockenborings]] there is a wooden statue depicting Bandobras just after he defeated Golfimbul. Every Spring [[the Shire]] celebrates Bullroarer Took Day when the Hobbits drink tankards of Bullroarer's Brew and also place tankards of the drink under his statue in his honor. Bullroarer's Brew was Bandobras' favorite drink and it was named after him. It is a beer brewed out of clovers.
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:Besides inventing golf, Bandobras also invented fence walking. Every morning Bullroarer would drink his favorite beer and then walk across a fence. It is said that he did this to improve his balance. Hobbits would play fence walking as part of the Bullroarer Took Day celebration.
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==See also==
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*[[:Category:Images of Bandobras Took|Images of Bandobras Took]]
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Revision as of 22:00, 20 December 2012

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey - Bandobras Took.jpg
Bandobras Took
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other namesBullroarer
Locationthe Shire
BirthT.A. 2704
DeathT.A. 2806
Family
ParentageIsumbras III
Physical Description
GenderMale

Bandobras "the Bullroarer" Took was the son of Thain Isumbras III of the Took line.[1] He was distinguished by his great height (for a Hobbit), being four foot five and thus able to ride a horse.[2]

Contents

History

Bandobras was famous for averting a goblin invasion of the Shire at the Battle of Greenfields of T.A. 2747,[3] and personally slaying the goblins' leader, Golfimbul. He took the Golfimbul's head off with a club. The goblin's head flew through the air for 100 yards and went down a rabbit hole; it is said that this is how the game of golf was invented.[4]

Nothing is known about Bandobras' family, other than he had "many descendants", some of whom were the North Tooks of Long Cleeve.[1]

Genealogy

 
 
Isengrim II
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isumbras III
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ferumbras II
 
BANDOBRAS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fortinbras I
 
Many descendants,
Including the
North-tooks
of Long Cleeve


Etymology

Bandobras is a Germanic name meaning "arm-band".[source?]

Tolkien noted that the alliteration between Bandobras and Bullroarer was significant and that translators should attempt to keep it.

It is noteworthy that Tolkien believed while writing The Hobbit that "bullroarer" was an instrument of primitive peoples that made a roaring sound, as named by anthropologists. However he did not find it in any dictionaries,[5] and is perhaps attributable to his own invention combined with false memory.

Other versions of the legendarium

In editions prior to the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Lord of the Rings, the Prologue gave Bandobras' father as Isengrim II. This was based on an earlier version of the Took family tree,[6] but was never corrected.[7]

Inspirations

It is possible J.R.R. Tolkien was inspired by one George von Hohenzollern, who, like the Bullroarer to Bilbo, held the image of the bold ancestor to Tolkien:

He [the Bullroarer] charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of the Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfimbul's head clean off with a wooden club.
—"An Unexpected Party"[4]
She [Tolkien's aunt Grace] alleged that the family name ["Tolkien"] had originally been "von Hohenzollern", for they had emanated from the Hohenzollern district of the Holy Roman Empire. A certain George von Hohenzollern had, she said, fought on the side of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria at the Siege of Vienna in 1529. He had shown great daring in leading an unofficial raid against the Turks and capturing the Sultan’s standard. This (said Aunt Grace) was why he was given the nickname Tollkühn, "foolhardy"; and the name stuck.
Humphrey Carpenter[8]

Portrayals in adaptations

Bandobras Took in adaptations
Bullroarer's statue in The Lord of the Rings Online  

Films

2012: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:

In trying to convince Bilbo of his Tookishness, Gandalf talks about the story of Bandobras Took and his victory at the Battle of Greenfields. He also says that Bandobras invented the game of golf in his killing of Golfimbul but qualifies this by suggesting that it is an embellishment.

Games

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

The first Hobbit outside Bag End recounts the story of Bandobras, followed by the accusations that young hobbits do not know enough about their history.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The public test server is named Bullroarer after Bandobras Took.
In Brockenborings there is a wooden statue depicting Bandobras just after he defeated Golfimbul. Every Spring the Shire celebrates Bullroarer Took Day when the Hobbits drink tankards of Bullroarer's Brew and also place tankards of the drink under his statue in his honor. Bullroarer's Brew was Bandobras' favorite drink and it was named after him. It is a beer brewed out of clovers.
Besides inventing golf, Bandobras also invented fence walking. Every morning Bullroarer would drink his favorite beer and then walk across a fence. It is said that he did this to improve his balance. Hobbits would play fence walking as part of the Bullroarer Took Day celebration.

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 764
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Third Phase (1): The Journey to Bree, Genealogy of the Tooks"
  7. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 6
  8. Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography