Story of Bag End

Bag End, a Hobbit-hole in Hobbiton Hill, was built by Bungo Baggins for his wife Belladonna Took at the end of Bagshot Row, presumably before the birth of Bilbo in 1290 ShR, 2890 ThA. Bungo mostly used Belladonna's money to build it. The earth removed in excavating Bag End, was shot over the edge of the sudden fall in the hillside onto the ground which later became the gardens and earthwalls of the humbler dwellings, and Bagshot Row took its name.

After the death of his mother in 1334 ShR, Bilbo Baggins lived alone at Bag End. And things were rather quite until Bag End was the meeting place of an Unexpected Party in 1341 ShR.

In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole and that means comfort.

It had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle. The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel: A very comfortable tunnel without smoke, with paneled walls and floor tiled and carpeted, provide with polished chairs, and lots and lots of pegs for hats and coats- the hobbit was fond of visitors. The tunnel wound on and on, going fairly but not quite straight in to the side of the hill-The Hill, as many people for miles around called it-and many little round doors opened out of it, first on one side then on aother. No going upstairs for the hobbit: bedrooms, bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes), kitchens, dining-rooms, all were on the same floor, indeed on the same passege. The best rooms were all on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones to have windows, deep-set round windows looking over his garden, and meadows beyond, sloping down to the river.

The Hobbit, The Unexpected Party

That is when Bilbo up and went adventurning with Gandalf the Grey and Thorin Oakensheild and Company. Bilbo returned the following year to find that Bag End was the site of an auction. Bilbo had been declared dead and his estate inculding Bag End, was being liquidated.

In 1389 ShR, 2989 ThA, Bilbo adopted his young cousin Frodo. At that time Frodo came to live at Bag End.

For the next twelve years all was well until the 1401 ShR, 3001 ThA. That is the year of of the Long Expected Party, and it took place right outside the door of Bag End. At this time also Bilbo left the Shire and passed ownership of Bag End over to Frodo.

During all those years, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins wished to gain possession of Bag End by various ways, until finally on September 1418 ShR, 3018 ThA, Frodo having to leave the Shire for Rivendell, sells Bag End to Lobelia Sackville-Baggins and her son Lotho.

Times become very bad around Bag End. Things start to change very quickly for the worst. To the point where Bag End becomes the home of Saurman the wizard and Lotho is killed. With the return of Frodo and the Travelers.

Things go back to near what they were before with Frodo back a Bag End and Samwise and his wife Rosie also move in.

In September 1421 ShR, 3021 ThA, Frodo leaves Bag End for the last time and sails into the West. Samwise becomes owner of Bag End, and it becomes the home of his family the Gardeners.


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