The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien
Dates
Race
Culture
Family
Settlements
Probably lived in Hobbiton, the traditional folkland of the Baggins family
Pronunciation
Balbo is pronounced 'ba'lbo'
Meaning
Probably without specific meaning1

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 19 May 2018
  • Updates planned: 1

Balbo Baggins

A distant ancestor of Bilbo Baggins

The earliest recorded member of the Baggins family; great-grandfather of Bilbo the Ring-finder.


Notes

1

Most likely, Tolkien coined the name 'Balbo' simply to mirror the sounds of the existing name 'Bilbo', without intending it to have any specific meaning. He may have been influenced on some level by the Italian surname 'Balbo', or perhaps by the Theatre of Balbo in ancient Rome. Indeed, several Hobbit families had members with names that hint at an Italian connection (such as Largo Baggins or Basso Boffin). If it were derived from an Italian or Latin root, 'Balbo' would probably mean 'stutterer', though it seems doubtful that Tolkien meant for it to be analysed to quite that depth.

Indexes:

About this entry:

  • Updated 19 May 2018
  • Updates planned: 1

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 1998, 2001, 2008, 2018. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.

Website services kindly sponsored by myDISCprofile, the free online personality test.
How do your personal strengths fit in with career matching? How can you identify them? Try a free personality test from myDISCprofile.
The Encyclopedia of Arda
The Encyclopedia of Arda
Menu
Homepage Search Latest Entries and Updates Random Entry