Harding of the Hill

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This article is about the great-grandson of Samwise Gamgee. For the Rider of Rohan, see Harding (rider of Rohan).
Harding of the Hill
Biographical Information
LocationHobbiton Hill
BirthS.R. 1501[1]
DeathS.R. 1606[2] (aged 105)
ParentageHolfast Gardner
Physical Description

Harding of the Hill was a Hobbit of The Shire.

History[edit | edit source]

Harding was the son of Holfast Gardner and a great-grandson of Samwise Gamgee, the hero of the War of the Ring.[1] He became known as "of the Hill".[note 1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name Harding comes from Old English hearding ("hard one, strong one").[3]


  1. Considering that Harding was the grandson of Samwise's eldest son, he should have become Samwise's heir and head of the Gardner Family, and presumably would have inherited Bag End, hence the epithet.