Clayhanger family

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The Clayhanger family was a family of Hobbits. Only one member is recorded by name, Lalia.[1]


1283 - 1402
Fortinbras Took II
1278 - 1380
Ferumbras III
1316 - 1415


Clayhanger is an English placename, the name of three hamlets in England (one in West Midlands, one in Cheshire and one in Devon). It comes from OE clǣghangra, "Clayey wooded slope".[2] As a family name, it is best known from Arnold Burnett's Clayhanger novels published between 1910 and 1918. The name would likely be used for a family that resides on a clayey wooded slope.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter (ed.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 214
  2. A.D. Mills, "A Dictionary of British Place-Names"