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Bagshot Row

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Bagshot Row
Physical Description
TypeRow of hobbit-holes
LocationHobbiton Hill
RealmsThe Shire
InhabitantsHobbits
General Information
Other namesNew Row
EventsSaruman's Ruffian occupation

Bagshot Row was the row of hobbit-holes that were delved into Hobbiton Hill beneath Bag End. The Gamgee Family lived at Number 3, Bagshot Row.[1] Their neighbour was Daddy Twofoot.[note 1] The dwellings had gardens and earthwalls made of the earth removed during the excavation of Bag End.[2]

During the War of the Ring and the occupation of the Shire, Saruman had it torn up, and it had become a yawning sand and gravel pit. After the Battle of Bywater the destruction was replaced by a new row called, simply, New Row (in the town of Bywater it became a joke to refer to it as Sharkey's End).[3]

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[edit] Etymology

It was so named because the earth removed in excavating Bag End was shot over the edge of the sudden fall in the hillside onto the ground.[2]

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

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

Bagshot Row is much longer than described in the book; numbers run up to ten.
Numbers 7 and 9, inhabited by Folco Boffin and Robin Smallburrow, are inexplicably located on the "Water Road" and the "Hill Road".

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

In a deviation from the book, Sam and Rosie still live at Number 3.

Notes

  1. It is not mentioned whether he lived at Number 2 or Number 4.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 765
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"