An old word of the hobbit-dialect, not recorded as being in use outside the Shire. It was used to refer to any item that had no particular immediate use, but whose owner had no wish to throw away. Mathoms were often given as presents by the Shire-hobbits - an important part of their culture - or stored in the Mathom-house in Michel Delving.
The name 'mathom' is derived from Old English maðm, meaning 'a treasure'.
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