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Dates
Born IV 19 (1440 by the Shire-reckoning)
Race
Culture
Family
Settlements
Presumably raised at Bag End, the family home of the Gamgees at this period in history
Meaning
Uncertain1

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Robin Gamgee

One of Sam Gamgee’s youngest children

One of the thirteen children of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton, Robin was younger than all his siblings, except for Tolman, the youngest of all. Robin, who seems to have been named for his father's friend Robin Smallburrow, was born in the nineteenth year of the Fourth Age (1440 by the Shire Reckoning).


Notes

1

The name 'Robin' is difficult to explain in this context, since in reality it developed as a diminutive form of the personal name 'Robert' ('shining glory') and is ultimately French - a linguistic origin not normally found among the Shire-hobbits. Perhaps we're intended to simply take it as representing a generally diminutive name, and the fact that the other Hobbit named 'Robin' (after whom Sam Gamgee's son Robin was possibly named) belonged to the 'Smallburrow' family tends to support this. Alternatively, perhaps this Hobbit-name came from their term for the red-breasted bird known as a 'robin' in English.

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