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The Baggins family is a remarkable, respectable, and rich family of Hobbits that lived in the Shire.
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A Hobbit family tree derived from those constructed and presented by Tolkien himself, including the Baggins family.

The Baggins family lives in the Shire, mostly in or near the town of Hobbiton, hence they were often referred to as the family "Baggins of Hobbiton". They were seen as respectable until Bilbo Baggins set out on the quest for Erebor with Gandalf the Grey and thirteen Dwarves: when he returned he was seen as odd or queer, but also extremely rich.

Bilbo adopted his "nephew" Frodo Baggins, who inherited the smial of Bag End after Bilbo left. Frodo himself was involved in the quest of the Lord of the Rings, which ended the War of the Ring.

The Baggins clan traces their origin to the first recorded Baggins, one Balbo Baggins, who was born in or near Hobbiton in 1167 of the Shire reckoning (2767 Third Age). Bilbo is a great-grandson of Balbo, as was Frodo's father Drogo.

After Bilbo and Frodo left the only recorded Bagginses are the descendants of Bilbo's great-nephew Posco Baggins, although many other descendants of Balbo Baggins are also recorded, under the Sackville-Bagginses, as well as Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck (through various interfamiliary marriages).

The name Baggins is a translation in English of the actual Westron name Labingi, which was believed to be related to the Westron word labin, "bag".

The name Baggins is translated in most translations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, often keeping the "bag" or 'sack' meaning:

  • In the German translation the family name is Beutlin.
  • In the Dutch translation the family name is Balings.
  • In the French translation it is Sacquet.
  • In the Norwegian translation it is Lommelun.
  • In the Finnish translation it is Reppuli.
  • In the Spanish translation it is Bolsón.
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese translation it is Bolseiro.
  • In the Swedish translation it is Bagger in the older translation and Secker in the new.
  • In the Hungarian translation it is Zsákos.
  • In the Danish translation it is Sækker.

List of Bagginses Edit

Notable Bagginses Edit

  

  • Balbo Baggins (TA 2767 - TA 2863) is the first recorded Baggins, and the ancestor of the Baggins family of Hobbiton. He married Berylla Boffin and had five children: Mungo, Pansy, Ponto, Largo, and Lily.
    Note on Balbo's dates: In the published Baggins genealogy, only Balbo's birthdate is shown, but by looking at his children, it is possible to estimate his deathdate.
  • Mungo Baggins (TA 2807- TA 2900) was the grandfather of Bilbo Baggins. Mungo was the eldest son of Balbo Baggins and Berylla Boffin Baggins. Mungo had four younger siblings: Pansy, Ponto, Largo, and Lily. Mungo married Laura Grubb and had five children.
  • Bilbo Baggins (TA 2890 - ?) first Baggins to have a great adventure. He became extremely rich, and was eccentric: known as "Mad Baggins".

Other Bagginses Edit

  • Bingo Baggins (TA 2864 - TA 2960), the brother of Bungo (see above), married Chica Chubb; they had one son, Falco Chubb-Baggins. Falco is most notable as Bilbo's cousin.
  • Polo Baggins, son of Ponto Baggins and Mimosa Bunce, brother of Rosa Baggins (see above), had two children, Posco and Prisca Baggins.

Sackville-Baggins family Edit

The Sackville-Baggins family was founded by the marriage of Longo Baggins to Camellia Sackville, heiress of the Sackville family headship. Their son, Otho Sackville-Baggins, adopted a double name, kept by his wife Lobelia (née Bracegirdle). They had a son Lotho, who was murdered. At Lobelia's death, the brief-lived family disappeared.

  • Otho Sackville-Baggins (TA 2910 - TA 3012) adopted the name of both his parents, effectively founding a new family. His and his son Lotho's ambition was to succeed Bilbo (and later Frodo) as head of the Baggins family; had that happened, Lotho would have called himself 'Baggins-Sackville-Baggins.'
  • Lobelia Sackville-Baggins (TA 2918 - TA 3020) married Otho, and had a son, Lotho. Lobelia had tried to claim Bag End together with Otho during Bilbo's disappearance, but could only move in when Frodo sold it to her. Much of Bilbo's silverware vanished during his disappearance; when Bilbo left the Shire permanently, he gave Lobelia a box of silver spoons labeled "For Lobelia, from Cousin Bilbo, as a present." During the War of the Ring, she opposed Saruman, and was imprisoned. Freed after the Scouring of the Shire, Lobelia granted Bag End back to Frodo, and moved back to her original family, the Bracegirdles of Hardbottle. She died in 3020, and she was over 100 years old.

The name Sackville was a familiar "aristocratic" name in Tolkien's day, especially in double-barrelled names such as Sackville-West, and he presumably used it (and the contrast with the more mundane Baggins) to imply the somewhat snobbish nature of the Sackville-Bagginses. Notes in the guide for translators of the LotR show Tolkien also had the "sack"/"bag" connection in mind, which is kept in most translations, e.g. in Dutch the name becomes Buul-Balings, "buul" and "baal" both being words for sack or bag.

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