Lobelia married Otho, and had a son, Lotho. Lobelia was known to be a covetous and grasping hobbit, and had designs on Bag End, as Otho was Bilbo's paternal first cousin and next of kin. During Bilbo's disappearance, Lobelia and Otho claimed the smial; when Bilbo returned from his adventure with Thorin and Company, Lobelia and Otho were in the midst of auctioning off the contents of Bag End with the firm of Grubb, Grubb and Burrows.
After Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday party, Lobelia and Otho were incensed that Bilbo had left Bag End to Frodo, a more distant cousin once removed, and questioned the validity of Bilbo's will. Since much of Bilbo's silverware vanished during his adventure with the dwarves, when Bilbo left the Shire permanently, he gave Lobelia a box of silver spoons labeled "For Lobelia, from Cousin Bilbo", as a mathom. Eventually, Lobelia was able to acquire Bag End when Frodo sold it to her for under market value under his ruse of moving to Crickhollow, but by this time Otho had died.
During the War of the Ring, Lobelia opposed Saruman, and was imprisoned in the Lockholes at Michel Delving. Freed after the Scouring of the Shire, Lobelia was greeted with raucous applause due to her spirit in defying Saruman's thuggery, and she was touched as she had never before been popular due to her avarice. However, she was heartbroken over Lotho's murder, so granted Bag End back to Frodo and moved in with her original family, the Bracegirdles of Hardbottle. She died in 3020, and was over 100 years old.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
Lobelia was portrayed by Elizabeth Moody in the extended edition of the film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, she is mentioned during the beginning of the film when Frodo tells to Bilbo about Lobelia still wanting to own Bag End. However, Lobelia appears in the film by an unknown actress in a cameo, but was uncredited.
- The Hobbit (First mentioned)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Mentioned only)
- The Fellowship of the Ring (first appearance)