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Bandobras Took

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Bandobras Took
Biographical Information
Locationthe Shire
ParentageIsumbras III
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Bandobras Took

Bandobras "the Bullroarer" Took was the son of Thain Isumbras III of the Took line.



Bandobras was famous for averting a goblin invasion of the Shire at the Battle of Greenfields, and personally slaying the goblins' leader, Golfimbul.[1]


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, but was never corrected.[2]


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"[1]
"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

Portrayals in Adaptations

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The public test server is named Bullroarer after Bandobras Took.


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  2. Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, page 6