12 Facts About Bag End


Bag End is the underground dwelling of the Hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in JR R Tolkien's fantasy novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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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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Peter Jackson built an elaborate Hobbiton film set including a detailed Bag End built in New Zealand for his The Lord of the Rings film series.

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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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Cartographer Karen Wynn Fonstad created a plan of Bag End, showing her vision of its comfortable layout with many cellars and pantries, complete with multiple fireplaces and chimneys, based on the clues given by Tolkien in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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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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