Lobelia had some reasons to be as angry as she is. It’s all so unfair.


A short one-chapter story providing some backstory to the big revelation in the first chapter of Lithe.

I’ve always been interested in the character of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins. Tolkien has a bad habit of treating his female hobbit characters as nags and scolds. Lobelia in particular gets to be the butt of a great deal of malicious “humor”, yet, at the end of the story, we see her be brave in a way most male hobbits can’t manage, when she attacks a ruffian armed only with her umbrella.

So, who is this formidable woman?




2 thoughts on “Unfair”

  1. I’ve always liked this backstory for Lobelia. It’s a good gapfill that makes them less cardboard. I think Violet is much nicer than Lobelia’s parents.

  2. Hi Julie,

    Lobelia is not a “nice” person, but I want to give her more substance than she gets in the books. It’s a way to get around the reflexive tendency to see people like Frodo & Pippin as inherently good and right in their behavior and get people thinking “Hmm, I wonder what kind of asshattery was going on back then?”

    Violet has a much more generous heart than Lobelia’s parents.


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