The Return of the King

The Return of the King

by

J. R. R. Tolkien

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The Chief/Lotho Sackville-Baggins Character Analysis

Lotho is a relative of Frodo and becomes the Chief of the Shire in the period of the four hobbits’ absence. His greed makes it easy for Saruman to use him as his puppet, ordering the construction of prisons and mandating new rules throughout the country. Though Lotho isn’t well-liked—and referred to as “Pimple” by some hobbits—Frodo knows that he cannot be solely responsible for the destruction done to the Shire, but by the time the Hobbits reach Bag End to confront Lotho, he’s been killed by Saruman’s servant, Wormtongue.

The Chief/Lotho Sackville-Baggins Quotes in The Return of the King

The The Return of the King quotes below are all either spoken by The Chief/Lotho Sackville-Baggins or refer to The Chief/Lotho Sackville-Baggins. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 6, Chapter 8 Quotes

This was Frodo and Sam’s own country, and they found out now that they cared about it more than any other place in the world. Many of the houses that they had known were missing. Some seemed to have been burned down. The pleasant row of old hobbit-holes in the bank on the north side of the Pool were deserted, and their little gardens that used to run down bright to the water’s edge were rank with weeds. Worse, there was a whole line of ugly new houses all along Pool Side, where the Hobbiton Road ran close to the bank. An avenue of trees had stood there. They were all gone. And looking with dismay up the road towards Bag End they saw a tall chimney of brick in the distance. It was pouring out black smoke into the evening air.

Page Number: 307
Explanation and Analysis:

“But I’ve a bone to pick with you, in a manner o’ speaking, if I may make so bold. You didn’t never ought to have a’ sold Bag End, as I always said. That’s what started all the mischief. And while you’ve been trapessing in foreign parts, chasing Black Men up mountains from what my Sam says, though what for he don’t make clear, they’ve been and dug up Bagshot Row and ruined my taters!”

“I am very sorry, Mr. Gamgee,” said Frodo. “But now I’ve come back, I’ll do my best to make amends.”

Page Number: 319
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The Chief/Lotho Sackville-Baggins Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character The Chief/Lotho Sackville-Baggins appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 6, Chapter 8
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...still won’t let them through the gate, saying that they’re following the orders of the Chief at Bag End. Frodo asks him if the Chief is Lotho, his unpopular relative, and... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...which Pippin tears down. Hob tells them the only people allowed pipe-weed these days are Lotho’s ruffians, and that the rest has been taken away out of the Shire. Sam tells... (full context)
Expectation vs. Ability Theme Icon
...Sam insults the guards further. The guards tell the travelers they’re taking them to the Chief’s men. Frodo laughs, saying that he’ll go where he wants. He happens to be going... (full context)
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...aside. He tells the guard—Robin Smallburrow—that he should have more sense than to follow the Chief’s orders. Robin replies that the guards aren’t allowed to leave the Chief’s service. When Sam... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...king. The ruffians flee. Frodo says they may have come back too late to save Lotho, which confuses Pippin—surely they should destroy Lotho, not save him? Frodo explains that Lotho has... (full context)
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
...have gathered with weapons. They’ve lit a fire, partly because it breaks one of the Chief’s rules. When the guards come to see what’s happening, most of them join the group... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...they have a victory. The next thing to do will be to call on the Chief in the morning. Farmer Cotton tells Sam that his father’s house was burnt down; he’s... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...tells them what happened in the Shire since they left. As soon as Frodo left, Lotho—who the Cottons call Pimple—began to get greedier, buying more and more property, though his funding... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...burning and destruction have begun to pollute the Brandywine River. Cotton suggests that Sharkey, not Lotho, is really in power. Sam arrives at the farmhouse with his father, who accuses Frodo... (full context)
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...hobbits didn’t kill any more men than necessary. Eventually, it’s time to deal with the Chief. Frodo heads to Bag End with Merry, Pippin, Sam, and two dozen other hobbits. They... (full context)
Power, Wisdom, and Mercy Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...Merry, and Pippin go inside to find the house stinking and cluttered. They search for Lotho but can’t find him. Sam feels that the state of Bag End is worse than... (full context)
Power, Wisdom, and Mercy Theme Icon
...to go with Saruman, and Wormtongue almost stays behind. Saruman laughs, claiming that Wormtongue murdered Lotho. Wormtongue replies that it was on Saruman’s order. He grows angry and cuts Saruman’s throat,... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 9
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...Shire, Frodo releases the prisoners from the distant prisons. One of the prisoners is Lobelia, Lotho’s mother, who is so sad to hear of Lotho’s death that she refuses to return... (full context)