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Hob Hayward

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Hob Hayward
Biographical Information
BirthLate Third Age
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Hob Hayward

Hob Hayward was a Hobbit of the Shire.


Hob was a two-feathered Shirriff. Before the War of the Ring, he had watched Buckland's Hay Gate. He was well acquainted with the Brandybuck Family.

During Lotho Sackville-Baggins's reign over the Shire, the Shirriffs were reorganized. Hob was one of several shirriffs who were to guard the new fence at the Brandywine Bridge. When Frodo Baggins and his companions returned from their adventure, they found Hob at the gate. After they chased of Bill Ferny, their commander, Hob informed them of the changes in their homeland.[1]


A hayward is a local official with the duty of inspecting fences and keeping cattle from straying.[2]


  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, "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. 759