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Better Smials

A suggested name for the remade Bagshot Row

Map of Better Smials

At the time of the original making of Bag End, three smaller Hobbit-holes were also made below it in Hobbiton Hill, a row of smials know as Bagshot Row. This row, which included the home of Sam Gamgee's father Hamfast, survived until the time of the War of the Ring. During Sharkey's occupation of the Shire, however, Bagshot Row was dug out by his ruffians, and its inhabitants were removed to new houses above Bywater.

After Sharkey's defeat the Hobbits worked to undo all the damage he and his Men had done in the Shire. As part of this work, three new Hobbit-holes were made in the Hill in the place where Bagshot Row had been. There was some discussion over a suitable name for the new smials, and one mooted possibility was 'Better Smials'. This was ultimately rejected, along with 'Battle Gardens' (in memory of the Battle of Bywater) for the more simple and practical 'New Row'.


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