Hugo Bracegirdle

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Hugo Bracegirdle
Biographical Information
BirthS.R. 1350
ParentageBruno Bracegirdle
Physical Description

Hugo Bracegirdle was a Hobbit of the Shire.

History[edit | edit source]

Hugo was the eldest child of Bruno Bracegirdle, born in S.R. 1350.[1] In his lifetime, he was notorious for borrowing books from Bilbo Baggins, though he rarely returned them. In S.R. 1401 he was a guest at Bilbo's Farewell Party, after which Bilbo left Hugo an empty bookcase in which he could store all those books.[2]

Inspiration[edit | edit source]

J.R.R. Tolkien likened himself to Hugo Bracegirdle.[3]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

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

Hugo lives at Number Eight, Bagshot Row, a large house overlooking Sandyman's mill.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Boffin of the Yale"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  3. See Paul Drayton's recollection of his and Humphrey Carpenter's meeting with Tolkien in 1967: The Hobbit, the Musical, radio programme (London: BBC, 2012)