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'''Tolman ("Tom") Cotton Senior''' ([[Third Age]] 2941 – [[Fourth Age]] 19, aged 99 years) was a respected [[Hobbit]] of the [[Shire]], who played an important part in rallying the [[Shire-hobbits]] during the last days of the [[War of the Ring]]. He became [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam Gamgee]]'s father-in-law through his daughter [[Rose Cotton|Rose]].
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Other children of Tom and [[Lily Cotton]] were [[Tolman Cotton Junior|Tolman Jr.]], [[Wilcome II Cotton|Wilcome ("Jolly")]], [[Bowman Cotton|Bowman ("Nick")]] and [[Carl Cotton|Carl ("Nibs")]].
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'''Tolman "Tom" Cotton''', also known as '''Farmer Cotton''', ([[Third Age]] {{TA|2941|n}} – [[Fourth Age]] {{FoA|19|n}}, aged 99 years) was a [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] of [[the Shire]].
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==History==
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Old Tom was a farmer living on Bywater's South Lane.<ref name="Scouring">{{RK|Scouring}}</ref> He was married to [[Lily Brown]], and they had five children. [[Tolman Cotton Junior|Young Tom]] was the eldest, and his siblings were [[Rose Cotton|Rosie]], [[Wilcome Cotton II|Jolly]], [[Bowman Cotton|Nick]] and [[Carl Cotton|Nibs]].<ref name="Gamgee">{{App|Gamgee}}</ref>
  
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Farmer Cotton played an important part in the [[Battle of Bywater]], where he rallied many hobbits to fight [[Saruman|Sharkey]]'s men.<ref name="Scouring"/>
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==Etymology==
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''Tolman'' comes from [[Old English]] ''tōl'' + ''mann'' meaning "tool person".{{fact}} In early phases of writing [[Appendix F]], Farmer Cotton's original [[Westron]] name was given as ''Tomacca Lothran''<ref>{{PM|Languages}}</ref> or (earlier) ''Tomakli Lothron''.<ref>{{PM|Languages}}, note 37.</ref>
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==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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'''1981: [[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (1981 radio series)]]:'''
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:Old Tom joins the four Hobbits as they start a revolt. He was always confident of Frodo and Sam's return. He is played by [[Alan Dudley]].
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'''2003: [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' (video game)]]:'''
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:The Cottons live at South Lane in Bywater. Tolman lives at number 3 and [[Wilcome Cotton II|his son Wilcome]] at number 5.
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'''2007: ''[[The Lord of the Rings Online]]'':'''
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:Tom lives with his family at a farm just north of Bywater and next to the Three Farthing Stone. During the Farmers Faire he can be found at the mushroom tent near the Three Farthing Stone chatting with [[Farmer Maggot]] and [[Hamfast Gamgee]].
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Revision as of 16:54, 14 April 2013

The name Tom refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Tom (disambiguation).
Tolman Cotton
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other names"Tom", Farmer Cotton
LocationBywater
BirthS.R. 1341
DeathS.R. 1440 (aged 99)
Family
FamilyCotton
ParentageHolman Cotton
SiblingsWill
SpouseLily Brown
ChildrenTom, Rosie, Jolly, Nick and Nibs
Physical Description
GenderMale

Tolman "Tom" Cotton, also known as Farmer Cotton, (Third Age 2941Fourth Age 19, aged 99 years) was a Hobbit of the Shire.

History

Old Tom was a farmer living on Bywater's South Lane.[1] He was married to Lily Brown, and they had five children. Young Tom was the eldest, and his siblings were Rosie, Jolly, Nick and Nibs.[2]

Farmer Cotton played an important part in the Battle of Bywater, where he rallied many hobbits to fight Sharkey's men.[1]

Etymology

Tolman comes from Old English tōl + mann meaning "tool person".[source?] In early phases of writing Appendix F, Farmer Cotton's original Westron name was given as Tomacca Lothran[3] or (earlier) Tomakli Lothron.[4]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Old Tom joins the four Hobbits as they start a revolt. He was always confident of Frodo and Sam's return. He is played by Alan Dudley.

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

The Cottons live at South Lane in Bywater. Tolman lives at number 3 and his son Wilcome at number 5.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Tom lives with his family at a farm just north of Bywater and next to the Three Farthing Stone. During the Farmers Faire he can be found at the mushroom tent near the Three Farthing Stone chatting with Farmer Maggot and Hamfast Gamgee.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Appendix on Languages", note 37.