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Old Mill

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Revision as of 18:15, 26 December 2010

Old Mill
Water Mill
General Information
Other namesHobbiton Mill
TypeWater Mill
Regionsthe Shire
People and History
InhabitantsSandyman Family
DestroyedS.R. 1418

The Old Mill was the water-mill of Hobbiton, owned and run by the Sandyman Family.


The Old Mill was a corn mill powered by a large water wheel. It lay directly adjacent to the bridge across the Water, and next too the Old Grange as well. Sandyman had been the miller for some time, and passed down his craft to his son, Ted. Lotho Sackville-Baggins bought the mill, and many other buildings in Hobbiton, before he moved in to Bag End. When Sharkey came to the Shire, the Mill was knocked down and replaced by a New Mill, operated by Ted Sandyman and several Ruffians. After Sharkey was driven out, this new brick building was demolished.[1]


The Sarehole Mill and its millers formed the inspiration for the Old Mill.

Portrayal in Adaptations

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

The Old Mill is part of the Hobbiton set. The New Mill is visible in Sam's vision of the Mirror of Galadriel.

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

Ted Sandyman operates the Old Mill. Sancho Proudfoot stole an important pin from the water-wheel, and one of the side-quests is to get it back.

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

The Mill stands next to the broken bridge. Sandyman cannot fix the bridge because his son Carl stole his hammer and nails. The nails are on the mill's first floor. Bell Goodchild hides out at the second floor, only accessible by riding the water-wheel.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"