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 Hobbit famous for introducing pipe-weed to the Shire.[1][2]

History[edit | edit source]

Tobold Hornblower came from Longbottom in the Southfarthing of the Shire. Around S.R. 1070 (T.A. 2670)[3] he started to grow true pipe-weed in his gardens, the first recorded Hobbit to do so.[1][2] He was not much of a traveller, but in his youth he often visited Bree. He already had a keen interest in herbs and it is speculated that in one of these visits he learned of pipe-weed and of smoking from the Bree-hobbits (who claim to be the first smokers of that herb).[1] Toby however never revealed how he came by the weed.

His name, "Old Toby", was given to a variety of weed that was still popular in the late Third Age.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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

Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]

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

In another early version of the legendarium, Toby was named Tobias Hornblower, and his Westron name was Zāra-tōbi[7] Raspūta.[8]