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Tobold Hornblower

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Tobold Hornblower
Biographical Information
Other namesOld Toby
PositionCultivator of pipe-weed
BirthThird Age
DeathThird Age
Physical Description

Tobold "Old Toby" Hornblower was a famous Hobbit.



Toby came from Longbottom in the Southfarthing of the Shire. He was the first to cultivate pipe-weed in the Shire, and was quite famous for it. How he came by the weed is unknown, though Merry Brandybuck speculated that he had traveled to Bree in his youth and came into contact with the herbs there.[1][2][3]


Tobold is a form of Theobald which contains theud "people" and bald "bold".[4]

Other versions of the legendarium

In a draft version of the chapter "The Road to Isengard", the name of this hobbit was Elias Tobiasson of Mugworth.[5] In Swedish, Elias Tobiasson is a normal name of a person.[6]

In another early version of the legendarium, Toby was named Tobias Hornblower, and his Westron name was Zāra-tōbi Raspūta.[7]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Pipe-weed"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "The Road to Isengard"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  4. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 31
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Ring, "Part One: The Fall of Saruman", "III. The Road to Isengard", p. 36
  6. Noted by User:Morgan (26 December 2010)
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "II. The Appendix on Languages"