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o'tho sa'ckville-ba'ggins
A historical name of unknown meaning1


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Otho Sackville-Baggins

The frustrated heir of Bilbo Baggins

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The son of Longo Baggins and Camellia Sackville. Otho's father Longo was Bilbo Baggins' uncle, making Otho himself Bilbo's cousin and heir. He and his wife Lobelia eagerly anticipated their inheritance: Bilbo's home at Bag End. Otho would never inherit that smial, though, because Bilbo changed his will to make Frodo Baggins his heir. Eventually, Frodo sold Bag End to Lobelia, but Otho had died six years earlier, and never owned the home he had coveted throughout his life.



Otho is Latin, of unknown meaning (it was the name of the seventh Emperor of Rome, who reigned for just three months in the year 69). In the context of Tolkien's work, it can be taken to represent Otho's 'real' Hobbit name, which is not recorded.

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