Our Dear Own John Ronald: Baggins

What’s in a name?

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In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit. (…) This hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins.

~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

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As for Mr. Baggins, one thing he is more partial to than another is his ‘tea’, indeed anything eaten between meals but especially afternoon tea ‘in a substantial form’ as the OED says, is called ‘baggins’. (…)  He likes flowers; he is proud of his ancestor the Bullroarer; if not quite ‘as fierce as a dragon in a pinch’ he is at any rate no coward; and like his name he is ample, generous, substantial, if undeniably plain and old-fashioned.

~ Tom Shippey: The Road to Middle-Earth

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