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Brockhouse Family

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Brockhouse was a populous family of the Bree-hobbits. Some members of the family lived in the Shire: Sapphira Brockhouse was the wife of Uffo Boffin,[1] and Bilbo Baggins greeted the Brockhouses among other hobbit families in his famous farewell speech on September 22, T.A. 3001.[2]


Brock is an old (up to the end of the 19th century) country word for "badger" and, in that Hobbit name, refers to its building complicated and well-ordered underground dwellings.

Tolkien noted that English place-names and surnames contain this old word, such as Brockbanks.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Boffin of the Yale"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  3. 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. 754