Nowhere Elaborated: Rosie Cotton

Name: Rose Gamgee (nee Cotton), matriarch of the Gardner family.

Birth year: 1384 Shire-reckoning.

Year of death: 1482 SR.

Parents: Tolman Cotton and Lily Brown.

Siblings: Tolman (Tom), Wilcome (Jolly), Bowman (Nick), and Carl (Nibs)

Husband: Samwise Gamgee.

Year of marriage: 1420 SR.

Children: Elanor, Frodo, Rose, Merry, Pippin, Goldilocks, Hamfast, Daisy, Primrose, Bilbo, Ruby, Robin, Tolman (Tom).

  • Gamgee was slang in the West Midlands where Tolkien grew up, for cotton wool. It was named for Doctor Gamgee of Birmingham who invented a type of surgical dressing.
  • 'Cotton' in original Hobbitish was 'Hlothran'
  • 'Rose' in Elvish is 'Meril'
  • In the movie trilogy, Rosie's address is number 10 Bagshot row

Rosie's hair before it was Rosie's hairExtra fact: the wig worn by Sarah McLeod in the films was previously seen onscreen as Madame de Tourvel (Michelle Pfeiffer)'s hair in Dangerous Liaisons. It was curled into ringlets to transform it into hobbit hair.