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Carl Cotton

The name Carl refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Carl (disambiguation).
Carl Cotton
Francesco Amadio - Nibs Cotton.jpg
"Nibs Cotton" by Francesco Amadio
Biographical Information
Other names"Nibs"
BirthS.R. 1389
ParentageFarmer Cotton and Lily Brown
SiblingsTom, Rosie, Jolly and Nick
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Carl Cotton

Carl "Nibs" Cotton was the youngest child of Tolman Cotton.

[edit] History

Born in S.R. 1389,[1] Carl and his siblings spent much time in Bywater, and used to swim in the Bywater Pool with the Gamgee children often.[2] He had not yet come of age when the Ruffians entered the Shire, so his father ordered him to guard the house with a pitch fork while his father and brothers fought in the Battle of Bywater.[3]

[edit] Etymology

Carl was probably named after his ancestor, Carl, son of Cottar. The nickname "Nibs" has been a term of mock respect in historical English.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Mount Doom"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  4. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"