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 Sam Gamgee's father-in-law through his daughter Rose. Other children of Tolman and Lily Cotton are Tolman Jr., Wilcome a.k.a. "Jolly", Bowman a.k.a. "Nick" and Carl a.k.a. "Nibs".