Bagshot Row

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Bagshot Row
Row of hobbit-holes
J.R.R. Tolkien - The Hill - Hobbiton-across-the-Water (Colored).jpg
"The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the-Water" by J.R.R. Tolkien
General Information
Other namesNew Row
LocationHobbiton Hill, The Shire
TypeRow of hobbit-holes
People and History
EventsSaruman's Ruffian occupation

Bagshot Row was the row of Hobbit-holes that were delved into Hobbiton Hill beneath Bag End. The Gamgee Family lived at Number 3, Bagshot Row.[1] Their neighbour was Daddy Twofoot.[note 1] The dwellings had gardens and earthwalls made of the earth removed during the excavation of Bag End.[2]

During the War of the Ring and the occupation of the Shire, Saruman had it torn up, and it had become a yawning sand and gravel pit. After the Battle of Bywater the destruction was replaced by a new row called, simply, New Row (in the town of Bywater it became a joke to refer to it as Sharkey's End).[3]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

It was so named because the earth removed in excavating Bag End was shot over the edge of the sudden fall in the hillside onto the ground.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

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

Bagshot Row is much longer than described in the book; numbers run up to ten.
Numbers 7 and 9, inhabited by Folco Boffin and Robin Smallburrow, are inexplicably located on the "Water Road" and the "Hill Road".

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

In a deviation from the book, Sam and Rosie still live at Number 3.


  1. It is not mentioned whether he lived at Number 2 or Number 4.