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Lalia Clayhanger

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Lalia Clayhanger
Biographical Information
Other namesLalia the Great
Lalia the Fat
LocationGreat Smials
BirthS.R. 1283
DeathS.R. 1402
Physical Description

Lalia Clayhanger was born in S.R. 1283 and was the wife of Thain Fortinbras Took II who she married at the age of 31 in S.R. 1314.




Lalia and Fortinbras had one son, Ferumbras, who was born in 1316 before Fortinbras became Thain in 1339. In accordance with Took family tradition, Lalia continued to be the head of the family once her husband Fortinbras died in 1380. Ferumbras was unable to find a wife and it is alleged that this was because he could not find someone willing to share a house with Lalia, and Ferumbras was only accorded a small bachelor pad in Great Smials until after Lalia's death.

Lalia long outlived her husband and ruled the Tooks of Great Smials for a further twenty-two becoming a great and memorable matriarch of the family known as Lalia the Great (or least courteously by those with less love for her, Lalia the Fat). She was famous for her tremendous girth, which was rumoured to have prevented her attendance of Bilbo Baggins's famous Bilbo's Farewell Party in 1401.


In her latter - and fattest - years it was her immobility rather than age which was the biggest problem for her so she went around in a wheelchair. In particular, she liked to be wheeled to the Great Door in the mornings so she could experience the fresh air.

It was in 1402 she died at the grand old age of 119 after her clumsy attendant Lalia's wheelchair run over the threshold which tipped Lalia down a flight of garden steps. It is rumoured that this attendant was Pippin's sister Pearl Took as she was excluded from the celebrations of Ferumbras's accession, but the family tried to keep to themselves.


The Old Took
1190 - 1320
Isumbras IV
1238 - 1339
1283 - 1402
Fortinbras II
1278 - 1380
Ferumbras III
1316 - 1415


"Lalia" is a Latin word meaning "speak" and is probably a jest at the nature of her character.