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Unknown, but probably born in c. III 2850 (1250 by the Shire-reckoning); lived until at least III 2906 (1306 by the Shire-reckoning)1
Polo is pronounced 'po'lo'
Polo ultimately means 'ball'2


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Polo Baggins

The son of Ponto Baggins

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The second child and only son of Ponto Baggins and Mimosa Bunce. In his turn, Polo also had a son and a daughter, and through them he founded a populous branch of the Baggins family (though none of his descendants played a significant part in the tales of the War of the Ring). Most of these descendants came through his son Posco Baggins, while his daughter Prisca married into the Bolger family.



No record exists of Polo's dates, but he was born into a generation with birthdates in the 2840's to 2860's of the Third Age. We know he lived until at least III 2906 because his youngest daughter Prisca was born in that year. If he lived out a typical Hobbit lifespan, Polo probably survived until about III 2950.


At least, as the English name of a game, polo comes from a Tibetan word meaning 'ball'. Tolkien presumably chose the name for its phonetic closeness to many other Baggins names, and perhaps also the associations with roundness and fatness found in many Hobbit names throughout the Shire.

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