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Dates
Introduced after about III 26701
Race
Culture
Family
Produced by the Hornblowers
Settlements
Associated with Longbottom in the Shire's Southfarthing
Meaning
'Longbottom' refers to the place in the Shire where this variety of Leaf was produced

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Longbottom Leaf

One of the finest varieties of pipe-weed

One of the three varieties of pipe-weed recorded as being the most sought-after, the other two being Old Toby and Southern Star. Longbottom in the Southfarthing was the first place in the Shire where pipe-weed was grown, and so Longbottom Leaf must have been one of the oldest and most established types (if not the original variety). The first Leaf-grower was Tobold Hornblower, and his family continued the tradition. When Merry and Pippin found barrels of Longbottom Leaf in the ruins of Isengard, they bore the brand-marks of the Hornblower family.


Notes

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The plant known as Leaf or pipe-weed was introduced into the Shire in about the year III 2670 (or 1070 by the Shire-reckoning), so the Longbottom Leaf variety cannot have originated before that date. Leaf was first grown in the Shire by Tobold Hornblower of Longbottom, so the connection of this variety to Longbottom, and its known association with the Hornblower family, imply that it was one of the earlier kinds of pipe-weed to appear.

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