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Born IV 21 (1442 by the Shire-reckoning)
Brought up at Bag End in Hobbiton
Tolman is pronounced 'to'lman'
The literal meaning of Tolman is uncertain,1 but this Tolman was presumably named for his uncle and great-uncle, both of whom shared the same name
Other names
Nicknamed 'Tom'


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Tolman ‘Tom’ Gamgee

Youngest of Sam Gamgee’s children

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Thirteenth and youngest child of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton; named for his grandfather, Tolman Cotton.



There is a real English name 'Tolman', which derives from 'toll collector', but that hardly appears to fit what we know of the Cotton family (from whom the name derives). Rather, it seems to be a simple variation on the previous generations' names, and probably doesn't carry a specific meaning itself.

See also...

Robin Gamgee

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