|"Shirriff Hob Hayward" from The Lord of the Rings Online|
|Birth||Late Third Age |
|Gallery||Images of Hob Hayward|
During Lotho Sackville-Baggins's reign over the Shire, the Shirriffs were reorganized. Hob was old, and one of several shirriffs who were to guard the new fence at the Brandywine Bridge under the command of Bill Ferny.
When Frodo Baggins and his companions returned from their adventure, they found Hob at the gate who forbade them to enter the fence gate. After they chased off Ferny, Hob informed them of the changes in their homeland.
A hayward is a local official with the duty of inspecting fences and keeping cattle from straying.
 Portrayal in adaptations
2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:
- Found at the Gate of Buckland, Shirriff Hob Hayward asks the player to invetigate a disturbance within the Old Forest.