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Otho Sackville-Baggins

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Otho Sackville-Baggins
Hobbit
Biographical Information
LocationThe Shire
BirthS.R. 1310
DeathS.R. 1412 (aged 102)
Family
FamilySackville-Baggins
ParentageLongo Baggins and Camellia Sackville
SpouseLobelia Bracegirdle
ChildrenLotho
Physical Description
GenderMale

Otho Sackville-Baggins (T.A. 2910 - 3012, died aged 102) was the husband of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins and the founder of the short-lived Sackville-Baggins Family. He was representative of the greedy and ill-mannered traits of his family.

[edit] History

Otho was the only child of Longo Baggins and Camellia Sackville.[1] Through his mother, he was the head of the Sackville Family, so he adopted the double surname out of custom.[2] He married Lobelia Bracegirdle with whom he had a son, Lotho.

He was also second in line to patriarchy of the Baggins Family, and would have been Bilbo Baggins' heir were it not for his adoption of his cousin Frodo. This did not sit well with Otho and his wife, as they both dearly wanted to live in Bag End.[3]

Nevertheless, Otho was a guest at Bilbo's Farewell Party. He did not live long enough to see Bag End as he died in S.R. 1412; it was six years later when Lobelia eventually did come into possession of Bag End, and moved in with her son.[4]

[edit] Etymology

The name Otho was meaningless in contemporary Hobbitish Westron. It represented an original name Otha.[5]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptations

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Although he is not named as such until the programme credits, John Livesey plays Otho at Bilbo's 111th Birthday party. He and Lobelia are given a brief exchange complaining about being part of one gross, and questioning what Frodo coming into his inheritance means.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition)

Peter Corrigan plays Otho, though he does not have any lines.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Baggins of Hobbiton"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 214, (undated, written late 1958 or early 1959)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"