Hornblower Family

From Tolkien Gateway

The Hornblower Family was an old and important family of the Shire's Southfarthing. Its most famous member was Tobold Hornblower of Longbottom, who introduced pipe-weed into the Shire, and his family remained associated with the industry.[1] Their Longbottom Leaf variety was famous, and indeed barrels of Leaf bearing the Hornblower mark were found as far afield as the ruins of Isengard.[2]

From Tobold's time, and perhaps earlier, the Hornblowers were one of the Shire's more important families. The importance of the family is also seen in the jewel-name of Amethyst, and her marriage into the prominent Bolger Family.[3] Tanta Hornblower married into the Baggins Family by marrying Largo Baggins; they were the great-grandparents of Frodo Baggins.[4]


The meaning of this old family name is occupational; perhaps one of Tobold's ancestors, or himself, actually did blow a horn of some kind.[5] Perhaps the name is a punning reference to pipe-smoking.


Hornblow and Hornblower are real-life English surnames.[5]