Otho Sackville-Baggins

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Otho Sackville-Baggins
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Otho Sackville-Baggins from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Biographical Information
LocationThe Shire
BirthS.R. 1310
DeathS.R. 1412 (aged 102)
ParentageLongo Baggins and Camellia Sackville
SpouseLobelia Bracegirdle
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Otho Sackville-Baggins

Otho Sackville-Baggins (T.A. 2910 - 3012, died aged 102) was the husband of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins and the founder of the short-lived Sackville-Baggins Family. He was representative of the greedy and ill-mannered traits of his family.

History[edit | edit source]

Otho was the only[source?] child of Longo Baggins and Camellia Sackville.[1] Through his mother, he was the head of the Sackville Family, so he adopted the double surname out of custom.[2] Otho had pipe-weed plantations in the Southfarthing.[3] He married Lobelia Bracegirdle with whom he had a son named Lotho.

He was also second in line to patriarchy of the Baggins Family, and would have been Bilbo Baggins' heir were it not for his adoption of his cousin Frodo. This did not sit well with Otho and his wife, as they both dearly wanted to live in Bag End.[4]

Nevertheless, Otho was a guest at Bilbo's Farewell Party. After Bilbo had vanished in front of the crowd during the celebration, Otho and his wife departed in wrath. The next day he and Lobelia visited Bag End and demanded from Merry Brandybuck to see Frodo and insisted on seeing Bilbo's will, which, unfortunately for him, was valid and clear that Frodo was his legal heir.[4]

He did not live long enough to see Bag End as he died in S.R. 1412; it was six years later when Lobelia eventually did come into possession of Bag End, and moved in with her son.[5]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name Otho was meaningless in contemporary Hobbitish Westron. It represented an original name Otha.[6]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Although he is not named as such until the programme credits, John Livesey plays Otho at Bilbo's 111th Birthday party. He and Lobelia are given a brief exchange complaining about being part of one gross, and questioning what Frodo coming into his inheritance means.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition)

Peter Corrigan plays Otho, though he does not have any lines.

2012-14: The Hobbit (film series):

Otho, played by Brian Hotter, appears briefly in both the Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey where he and Lobelia are seen in the Hobbiton marketplace, as well as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies where he and Lobelia again appear at the end when Bilbo's possessions are being auctioned off. He once again does not have any lines in these films.