Tolkien fact 38 – Frodo’s Story


Frodo Baggins, the most famous hobbit to ever live, was born to Drogo Baggins and Primula Brandybuck. When he was twelve years old, his parents died in a boating accident (the details of which are only speculated) on the Brandywine River. He lived most of his life after that in Brandy Hall in Buckland. There he made friends with Merry Brandybuck and Pippin Took. When Frodo was twenty-one, he was invited to live with his ‘uncle’ (actually his cousin, as I have mentioned before) Bilbo Baggins. As the story goes, 12 years later Bilbo leaves the Shire for good and Frodo inherits most of his belongings, including his home at Bag End. Sam Gamgee, longtime next-door neighbor, takes up his father’s work as the gardener of Bag End. The fact that both Bilbo and Frodo remain bachelors for their lives is peculiar among hobbits, but not unheard of. They were both considered odd but polite, wise, and generous.

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