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Erling (b. T.A. 2854) was a working-class[source?] Hobbit, the third child of Holman the greenhanded


Old English eorling means "descendant of an earl (noble)".[1] It is the same word as Eorlingas but it doesn't refer to Eorl the Young.


  1. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"