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Biographical Information
LocationOld Mill, Hobbiton
Birthlate Third Age
Deathlate Third Age
ChildrenTed Sandyman
Physical Description

Sandyman was the miller of Hobbiton.

History[edit | edit source]

Sandyman owned and ran the Old Mill in Hobbiton around S.R. 1401 and well before.[1] The Gaffer was not very fond of Sandyman, or his habits of telling tall tales and having quick judgment of others.

Prior to Bilbo's Farewell Party, while gossiping about Frodo Baggins and the death of his parents, Sandyman related the rumour that his mother had pushed his father from a boat and he pulled her down; and was scolded by Gaffer for believing such rumours. He wondered about augmenting his wealth by going out for journeys, and Gandalf and Dwarves visiting him.[2]

Some time before the War of the Ring, Sandyman died and passed his mill on to his son Ted.

Inspiration[edit | edit source]

Possibly the miller at Sarehole Mill, Warwickshire, England

"I never liked the looks of the Young miller, but his father, the Old miller, had a black beard, and he was not named Sandyman."
J.R.R. Tolkien[3]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

He is given the full name Carl Sandyman, and is the mischievous son of the current miller. He hid his father's hammer and nails. Bilbo has to retrieve them before the bridge over the Water can be repaired.