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Hending

Hending
Hobbit
Biographical Information
LocationHobbiton
BirthS.R. 1259
Family
FamilyGreenhand
ParentageHolman the greenhanded
SiblingsRowan, Halfred, Erling and Rose
Physical Description
GenderMale

Hending was a Hobbit of the Shire.

[edit] History

Hending was the fourth child of Holman the greenhanded.[1]

[edit] Etymology

The name in Middle English means "courteous, skillful one".[2] In Gerald of Wales on the Survival of Welsh, Tolkien equates the name "Hending" — nominally the author of a compilation of traditional proverbs that end with "quoth Hending" — with the Welsh "henddyn", the typical wise old man.[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  2. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"
  3. Mark T. Hooker, Tolkien and Welsh p. 194