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The [[Greenhands]] were descended from [[Holman The Greenhanded|Holman "the greenhanded"]], and Holman's namesake and grandson, [[Holman Greenhand]], was at least the third of the line to tend the gardens of [[Hobbiton]]. Holman was the gardener at [[Bag End]] for [[Bilbo Baggins]], and perhaps also for his father [[Bungo Baggins|Bungo]]. In about the year [[III]] 2941, he took on his young relation [[Hamfast Gamgee]] as an apprentice. Hamfast eventually became the gardener at Bag End himself, and was followed by his son [[Samwise Gamgee|Samwise]].
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'''Holman Greenhand''' was a Hobbit of [[the Shire]], noted for being a fine gardener.
  
In a curious and unlikely way, Holman was instrumental in the winning of the [[War of the Ring]]. One morning in the spring of III 2941, Bag End was visited by the [[Wizards|Wizard]] [[Gandalf]]. Bilbo was away from home for the [[Elves]]' New Year, so Gandalf struck up a conversation with Holman. It was Holman's description of his employer that encouraged Gandalf to include Bilbo in the journey to the [[Lonely Mountain]], which in turn led to the finding of the [[One Ring]], the means through which [[Sauron]] was ultimately defeated. If not for the part of Holman Greenhand, then, the western lands might well have fallen under the yoke of the [[Dark Lord]].
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==History==
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Holman's grandfather and namesake, [[Holman the greenhanded]], initiated both the family name and the family profession: gardening.<ref name="Gamgee">{{App|Gamgee}}</ref> Holman became a gardener in [[Hobbiton]], and one of the gardens he tended was that of [[Bag End]]. Around {{TA|2941}}, he took on his distant cousin [[Gaffer Gamgee|Hamfast Gamgee]] as an apprentice.<ref name="Party">{{FR|Party}}</ref>
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One morning of that spring, [[Gandalf]] visited Bag End, but found its master, [[Bilbo Baggins]], not at home. Holman informed him that Bilbo had gone on one of his walks, as it was the [[Elves]]' [[Yestare|new year]]. Holman's description of Bilbo convinced Gandalf he had found the perfect man for his mission, to re-take [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]].<ref name="Quest">{{UT|Erebor}}</ref>
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When Bilbo went missing - that is, on his mission - Holman and Hamfast had their hands full in making sure the garden wasn't trampled as the place was swarming with Hobbits, hoping to get a piece of the Baggins estate.<ref name="Party"/>
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==Etymology==
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Holman means "hole-man", and is distinct from the real-life English surname<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 760</ref> which contains ''holm'' "river island" rather than ''hol'' "hole".<ref>[[Jim Allan]] (ed.), ''[[An Introduction to Elvish]]'', "Giving of Names"</ref>
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==Portrayal in Adaptation==
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'''2003: [[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|''The Hobbit'' (2003 video game)]]:'''
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:Holman lives in a hut on the other side of [[the Water]].  
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Revision as of 15:28, 14 April 2013

The Hobbit (2003) Holman.png
Holman Greenhand
Hobbit
Biographical Information
PositionGardener
LocationHobbiton
BirthS.R. 1292
Family
FamilyGreenhand
ParentageHalfred Greenhand
Physical Description
GenderMale

Holman Greenhand was a Hobbit of the Shire, noted for being a fine gardener.

Contents

History

Holman's grandfather and namesake, Holman the greenhanded, initiated both the family name and the family profession: gardening.[1] Holman became a gardener in Hobbiton, and one of the gardens he tended was that of Bag End. Around T.A. 2941, he took on his distant cousin Hamfast Gamgee as an apprentice.[2]

One morning of that spring, Gandalf visited Bag End, but found its master, Bilbo Baggins, not at home. Holman informed him that Bilbo had gone on one of his walks, as it was the Elves' new year. Holman's description of Bilbo convinced Gandalf he had found the perfect man for his mission, to re-take Erebor.[3]

When Bilbo went missing - that is, on his mission - Holman and Hamfast had their hands full in making sure the garden wasn't trampled as the place was swarming with Hobbits, hoping to get a piece of the Baggins estate.[2]

Etymology

Holman means "hole-man", and is distinct from the real-life English surname[4] which contains holm "river island" rather than hol "hole".[5]

Portrayal in Adaptation

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

Holman lives in a hut on the other side of the Water.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Quest of Erebor"
  4. 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. 760
  5. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"