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Holman the greenhanded

Holman the greenhanded
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other namesHolman of Hobbiton
PositionGardener
LocationHobbiton
BirthS.R. 1210
Family
FamilyGreenhand
ChildrenRowan, Halfred, Erling, Hending and Rose
Physical Description
GenderMale

Holman the greenhanded was a famous gardener of the Shire.

[edit] History

Holman of Hobbiton had five children; Rowan, Halfred, Erling, Hending and Rose. He passed his skills and crafts on to his eldest son, Halfred, who formed the surname Greenhand out of his father's nickname.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Holman means "hole-man", and is distinct from the real-life English surname[2] which contains holm "river island" rather than hol "hole".[3]

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  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. 760
  3. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"