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Holman the greenhanded

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Holman the greenhanded
Biographical Information
Other namesHolman of Hobbiton
BirthS.R. 1210
Physical Description

Holman the greenhanded was a famous gardener of the Shire.


Holman of Hobbiton had five children; Rowan, Halfred, Erling, Hending and Rose. He passed his skills and crafts on to his eldest son, Halfred, who formed the surname Greenhand out of his father's nickname.[1]


Holman means "hole-man", and is distinct from the real-life English surname[2] which contains holm "river island" rather than hol "hole".[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  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. 760
  3. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"