Category: Shire

Bag End was a hobbit hole (smial) belonging to the Baggins…


Tolkien’s rendition of Bag End, I don’t know the date don’t sue me.


Fellowship of the Ring movie set (2001

Bag End was a hobbit hole (smial) belonging to the Baggins family. By Shire standards it was very luxurious as the Baggins family was wealthy. Described as a dwelling built into The Hill with a large green door and bright brass knob. Inside was almost entirely wood including polished chairs, lots of pegs for hats and coats (for visitors), high ceilings for wizards, and plenty of storage for plenty of food – All on the same floor. The best rooms were on the left side as that side had windows. Located in Hobbiton and built by Bungo Baggins, it remained the home of the Baggins Dynasty until the departure of Frodo Baggins where it was given to Samwise Gamgee. It was the setting for Gandalf’s invitation to Bilbo to join his adventure to Erebor and the dwarf party that ensued. Bilbo left Bag End for little over half a year and all the hobbits (led by the opportunistic Sackville-Bagginses) deemed him “Presumed dead”. Bilbo came back to his home and belongings being auctioned off! He foiled the plan and lived there with his adopted heir Frodo Baggins. When Frodo became the Master of Bag End (as Bilbo was fleeing to Rivendell in his old age) the events of the One Ring transpired. In order to mask their quest Frodo sold Bag End to the dreaded Sackville-Bagginses and purchased a smial in Crickhollow. Frodo’s return to the Shire was dampened by it’s occupation by Ruffians under the leadership of Sharkey (spoiler alert it’s Saruman). Saruman was using Bag End as his headquarters in the mass occupation and resource extraction of the Shire. It was formerly occupied by Lotho Sackville-Baggins but once Saruman arrived he was disposed of (and possibly eaten by Wormtongue). Following the Battle of Bywater Saruman was slain by the tormented Grima Wormtongue on the very doorstep of Bag End. The Shire was restored, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins gave Bag End back to Frodo, and the quest was over. Frodo went to the Undying Lands and then gave Bag End to Samwise Gamgee (who served at the estate’s gardener prior) who I assure you took good care of it.

“’Our last meal at Bag End!’ said Frodo, pushing back his chair. They left the washing up for Lobelia. Pippin and Sam strapped up their three packs and piled them in the porch, Pippin went out for a last stroll in the garden. Sam disappeared. – The band’s last meal in Bag End before their Quest of the One Ring, Fellowship of the Ring, Three Is Company

orlandobloom: I should like to save the Shire, if I could -…

orlandobloom:

I should like to save the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them. But I don’t feel like that now. I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.