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Clayhanger Family

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Clayhanger was a family of Hobbits. Only one member is reocrded by name, Lalia.[1]


1283 - 1402
Fortinbras Took II
1278 - 1380
Ferumbras III
1316 - 1415


Clayhanger is an English placename, the name of three hamlets in England (one in West Midlands, one in Cheshire and one in Devon). It comes from OE clæ¯ghangra, "Clavey wooded slope".[2] As a family name, it is best known from Arnold Burnett's Clayhanger novels published between 1910 and 1918. The name would likely be used for a family that resides on a clavey wooded slope.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter (ed.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 214
  2. A.D. Mills, "A Dictionary of British Place-Names"