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Lotho Sackville-Baggins

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Lotho Sackville-Baggins
Biographical Information
Other namesPimple, Chief
LocationBag End, Hobbiton
BirthS.R. 1364
DeathS.R. 1419 (aged 55)
Bag End
FamilySackville Baggins
ParentageOtho Sackville-Baggins and Lobelia Bracegirdle
Physical Description
Hair colorSandy
GalleryImages of Lotho Sackville-Baggins

Lotho Sackville-Baggins (T.A. 2964 - 3019, died aged 55) was the only child of Otho and Lobelia Sackville-Baggins.



Lotho was an unpopular hobbit, he was widely known by the mocking name Pimple, due to his complexion and perhaps facial blemishes[1]. When his father, Otho, died in S.R. 1412, Lotho inherited pipe-weed plantations in the Southfarthing, selling the pipe-weed to people away south.

After Frodo sold Bag End to Lobelia in September T.A. 3018 and left the Shire, Lotho continued to sell pipe-weed to the Wizard Saruman, becoming richer and more powerful, and using the proceeds to buy land and property all over the Shire in order to control it.

Men ("ruffians") from Isengard began coming into the Shire to help Lotho control and supress the people. With their help, he deposed of the rightful Mayor of the Shire, Will Whitfoot, and imprisoned him in the "Lockholes," naming himself Chief Shirriff, or simply Chief.

Lotho continued ordering, industrialising and controlling the Shire's life until Saruman (called "Sharkey") arrived in the Shire, in September T.A. 3019, and took over direct power. Lotho was held prisoner in Bag End for a short while until Gríma Wormtongue killed him in his sleep (and possibly ate him). Thus, the hobbit who tried to take over the Shire, met a very untimely end.


The name Lotho represents an original Hobbitish Westron name Lotha which was meaningless in contemporary speech.[2]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

Lotho walks around in Bywater.


  1. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, entry Lotho Sackville-Baggins
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"