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12 Facts About Bag End
Scholars have noted that Bag End is a vision of Tolkien's ideal home, and in its detail an account of character.
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Bag End suggests that Bag End is an Arts and Crafts building, fitting into the ideas of the designer William Morris and others in the period between 1880 and 1920.
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Bag End is sharply contrasted with such a burrow, its best rooms being provided with "deep-set round windows".
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Brooke comments that Tolkien has shown this in The Hill: Hobbiton-across-the-Water, where Bag End has several windows while the Hobbit-holes further down have fewer.
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Such things could indicate, Brooke writes, that Bag End's owner is "indulgent, overly-luxurious, too comfortable, a tad vain even", though against this, the hanging-space for many hats and coats suggests that welcoming guests is important to him.
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Bag End's plan makes Bag End some 130 feet long and up to 50 feet wide, cut into the Hill.
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Bag End observes that the name Sackville-Baggins, for the snobbish branch of the Baggins family, is a philological joke, as Sac[k]-ville can be translated as the French form of the humble "Bag Town", another attempt to reinforce the family's bourgeois status by "Frenchify[ing]" their surname.
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Bag End receives strange visitors – Gandalf and the Dwarves, making it seem a "queer place", in the character Ted Sandyman's words, "and its folk are queerer".
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Bag End began to muse upon the years of delicious boredom that lay ahead.
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