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Holman Greenhand

Holman Greenhand
The Hobbit (2003) Holman.png
Holman Greenhand from The Hobbit (2003 video game)
Biographical Information
BirthS.R. 1292
ParentageHalfred Greenhand
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Holman Greenhand

Holman Greenhand was a Hobbit of the Shire, noted for being a fine gardener.


[edit] History

Holman's grandfather and namesake, Holman the greenhanded, initiated both the family name and the family profession: gardening.[1] Holman became a gardener in Hobbiton, and one of the gardens he tended was that of Bag End. Around T.A. 2941, he took on his nephew Hamfast Gamgee as an apprentice.[2]

One morning of that spring, Gandalf visited Bag End, but found its master, Bilbo Baggins, not at home. Holman informed him that Bilbo had gone on one of his walks, as it was the Elves' new year. Holman's description of Bilbo convinced Gandalf he had found the perfect man for his mission, to re-take Erebor.[3]

When Bilbo went missing - that is, on his mission - Holman and Hamfast had their hands full in making sure the garden wasn't trampled as the place was swarming with Hobbits, hoping to get a piece of the Baggins estate.[2]

Gaffer took over the job around T.A. 2961,[4] about which time Holman retired or died.

[edit] Etymology

Holman means "hole-man", and is distinct from the real-life English surname[5] which contains holm "river island" rather than hol "hole".[6]

[edit] Portrayal in Adaptation

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

Holman lives in a hut on the other side of the Water.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Quest of Erebor"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party": "[Gaffer Gamgee] had tended the garden at Bag End for forty years"
  5. 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
  6. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"