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to'lman ko'tton
Meaning
Uncertain1
Other names
'Tolman' was commonly abbreviated to 'Tom'
Note
This Tolman named his eldest son 'Tolman', so there were two Hobbits with the name 'Tolman Cotton'; for more on this younger Tolman, see the entry for Tolman 'Tom' Cotton, junior

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Tolman ‘Tom’ Cotton, senior

The father of Rose Cotton

A respected Hobbit of the Shire, who played an important part in rallying the Shire-hobbits during the last days of the War of the Ring. He became Sam Gamgee's father-in-law through his daughter Rose.


Notes

1

As an English name, 'Tolman' means 'toll man', a collector of tolls. It seems unlikely, though, that this Hobbit's name is intended to have quite such a literal meaning, and probably has more to do with following the naming patterns of his ancestors, who had names such as 'Holman' or 'Cotman'.

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