Lotho Sackville-Baggins

Lotho Sackville-Baggins

Time Period
T.A. 2964 - T.A. 3019

Lotho Sackville-Baggins (TA 2964–3019) was a Hobbit who lived in the Shire with his family. The son of Otho and Lobelia Sackville-Baggins.

In September TA 3018, Lotho and his mother moved into Bag End after buying it from Frodo.  Shortly afterward, using money obtained from Isengard, Angmar and elsewhere from the sale of pipeweed grown on his lands in the Southfarthing, he began buying up property and supporting outside Men, known as the Chief's Men.  Lotho then imprisoned Will Whitfoot, the mayor of Michel Delving and, naming himself Chief Shirriff, took over the Shire, industrializing and regimenting it's life. Using Lotho as a puppet, "Sharkey" was able to extend his and his Master's influence throughout Eriador.  

Ill-favoured folk from the South soon joined the Chief's Men, enforcing Lotho's policies and collecting taxes from the local halflings. The more his power and wealth grew, the more gangs of rogues entered his employ, many being from Dunland or Breeland. Some Half-orcs and Orcs were also sent from Isengard to help him impose his terror regime in the Shire, but he found them not as trustworthy as his other agents. During his time as a thug-lord, Lotho was frequently called, at his own insistence, "the Chief", which was short for Chief Shirriff.  The other Hobbits called him Pimple or Little Pimple; he seems to have had a number of facial blemishes.  

In September TA 3019, with the arrival of Sharkey, Lotho's power collapsed.  Sometime in September or October he was killed at the Wizard's behest - perhaps by Gríma, who may have eaten out of a degenerated state and hunger.  


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  • MERP:Lords of Middle-earth Vol III: Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls
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