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Bandobras Took, commonly known as Bullroarer, was a Hobbit of the Shire and the hero of the Battle of Greenfields.


Bandobras Took was the second son of Thain Isumbras III, and the great-great-grand-uncle of Bilbo Baggins. He was born in TA 2704.[1] Bandobras was noteworthy among Hobbits for his exceptionally large stature, being four feet, five inches tall and able to ride a horse. He was the tallest Hobbit on record until the Ent-draughts taken by Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took made them the tallest Hobbits in the history of the Shire.[2]

A wooden statue of Bullroarer, erected by Hobbits in the Brockenborings, as seen in The Lord of the Rings Online.

Bandobras also gained fame for leading the Hobbits at the Battle of Greenfields in TA 2747 when goblins from Mount Gram in the Misty Mountains invaded the Northfarthing. Bandobras, it was said, charged the goblins' ranks with a wooden club, and knocked the goblin chieftain Golfimbul's head clean off, sending it sailing a hundred yards through the air and down a rabbit-hole, thus winning the battle and inventing the game of Golf at the same time.[3]

From Bandobras were descended the North-tooks of Long Cleeve, where Peregrin Took's wife Diamond hailed from. He died in the year TA 2806.[1]

Portrayal in adaptations

Peter Jackson's The Hobbit

In Peter Jackson's film adaptation The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo Baggins has a portrait of him in Bag End. Gandalf speaks briefly about him and how he invented golf, though it is implied that some historical embellishment may be at work.


Foreign Language Translated name
Armenian Բանդոբրաս Տուկ
Bulgarian Cyrillic Бандобрас Тук
Chinese (Hong Kong) 班多布拉斯 "吼牛" 圖克
Czech Bandobras "Bučivoj" Bral
Danish Bandobras "Tyrebrøleren" Toker
Dutch Bandobras Toek
Finnish Bandobras "Härkäräikkä" Tuk
French Bandobras "Taureau Mugissant" Touque
German Bandobras "Bullenrassler" Tuk
Hebrew באנדובראס טוק
Hungarian Tuk Bandobras (Bikabúgó)
Italian Bandobras “Ruggitoro” Tuk
Kazakh Бандобрас Тук (Cyrillic) Bandobras Twk (Latin)
Lithuanian Bandobrasas Tukas
Norwegian Bandobras "Oksebrøleren" Toker
Bandobras "Oksebrøler" Tók
Polish Bandobras Tuk
Portuguese Bandobras "Urratouro" Tûk (Brazil)
Bandobras "Berratouro" Tûk (Brazil)
Bandobras "Touro Rugidor" Took (Portugal)
Russian Бандобрас Тук
Slovak Bandobras "Ručivec" Bral
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Bandobras "Toro Bramador" Tuk
Swedish Bandobras "Tjurvrålaren" Took
Ukrainian Cyrillic Бандобрас "Бикорев" Тук


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Prologue, I: "Concerning Hobbits"
  3. The Hobbit, Chapter I: "An Unexpected Party"