I'll give you Sharkey, you dirty thieving ruffians!''"
- —Lobelia, The Return of the King
Lobelia married Otho, and had a son, Lotho. Lobelia was known to be a covetous and grasping hobbit, and had designs on Bag End, as Otho was Bilbo's paternal first cousin and next of kin. During Bilbo's disappearance, Lobelia and Otho claimed the smial; when Bilbo returned from his adventure with Thorin and Company, Lobelia and Otho were in the midst of auctioning off the contents of Bag End with the firm of Grubb, Grubb and Burrows.
After Bilbo's eleventy-first birthday party, Lobelia and Otho were incensed that Bilbo had left Bag End to Frodo, a more distant cousin once removed, and questioned the validity of Bilbo's will. Since much of Bilbo's silverware vanished during his adventure with the dwarves, when Bilbo left the Shire permanently, he gave Lobelia a box of silver spoons labeled "For Lobelia, from Cousin Bilbo", as a mathom. Eventually, Lobelia was able to acquire Bag End when Frodo sold it to her for under market value under his ruse of moving to Crickhollow, but by this time Otho had died and was unable to enjoy it.
During the War of the Ring, Lobelia opposed Sharkey after hearing from the Ruffians that they were ordered to build sheds at Bag End. After rudely telling her to step aside, she became enraged and attacked the leader using only her umbrella as a weapon but she lost and was imprisoned in the Lockholes at Michel Delving. Freed after the Scouring of the Shire, Lobelia was greeted with raucous applause due to her spirit in defying Saruman's thuggery, and she was touched as she had never before been popular due to her avarice. However, she was heartbroken over Lotho's murder, and so granted Bag End back to Frodo and what was left of her money hoping he would use it to help hobbits who had lost their homes, due to Sharkey's tyranny. She moved in with her original family, the Bracegirdles of Hardbottle. She died in the spring of 3020, and was over 100 years old.
Portrayal in adaptations
Lobelia was portrayed by Elizabeth Moody in the extended edition of the film adaptation The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001). She is mentioned during the beginning of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) when Frodo tells Bilbo about Lobelia's and Otho's still wanting to own Bag End, and when Bilbo replies that she once stole a handful of his utensils, and tells Frodo to watch over her. However, Lobelia appears in the extended edition of the film (played by Erin Banks) walking with her husband at the market near the Green Dragon Inn. According to a commentary provided with the the extended edition DVD, It is likely she and Otho will also appear in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).
Lobelia appeared in the The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game) and was voiced by Jennifer Hale.
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) (First mentioned)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) (extended edition only)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) (extended edition only)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
- ↑ The Hobbit, Chapter XVIII: "The Return Journey"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter I: "A Long-expected Party"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter III: "Three is Company"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VIII: "The Scouring of the Shire"
- ↑ The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter IX: "The Grey Havens"