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Hob Hayward

Hob Hayward
Hobbit
Biographical Information
PositionShirriff
LocationBuckland
BirthLate Third Age
Family
FamilyHayward
Physical Description
GenderMale

Hob Hayward was a Hobbit of the Shire.

[edit] History

Hob was a two-feathered Shirriff. Before the War of the Ring, he had watched Buckland's Hay Gate. He was well acquainted with the Brandybuck Family.

During Lotho Sackville-Baggins's reign over the Shire, the Shirriffs were reorganized. Hob was old, and one of several shirriffs who were to guard the new fence at the Brandywine Bridge under the command of Bill Ferny.

When Frodo Baggins and his companions returned from their adventure, they found Hob at the gate who forbade them to enter the fence gate. After they chased off Ferny, Hob informed them of the changes in their homeland.[1]

[edit] Etymology

A hayward is a local official with the duty of inspecting fences and keeping cattle from straying.[2]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  2. 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. 759