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Did Merry & Pippin have longer hair than other Hobbits?

Saruman
The Shire


Dec 16 2018, 10:13pm

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Did Merry & Pippin have longer hair than other Hobbits? Can't Post

While in Fangorn Forest, Merry and Pippin drank the glowing golden and green waters that Treebeard "blessed," so to say. Tolkien says that the hair on their heads "was actually standing up, waving and curling and growing" (TTT, 460). I wonder if it continued to grow, or just grew after they drank the Ent-draught. Tolkien isn't even clear on the shades of Merry & Pippin's hair color let alone lengths, but to me this implies that not only did Merry and Pippin become taller by drinking the Ent water, their hair also grew longer than other hobbits.

"I have seen it..."


Thor 'n' Oakenshield
Lorien

Dec 16 2018, 10:37pm

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I have always assumed so [In reply to] Can't Post

As for their hair-colors, Merry's is said in Return of the King to be brown, while Pippin's, in the epilogue that Tolkien wrote but ended up excising from the final manuscript, is said to be nearly golden.

"Torment in the dark was the danger that I feared, and it did not hold me back. But I would not have come, had I known the danger of light and joy. Now I have taken my worst wound in this parting, even if I were to go this night straight to the Dark Lord."


Saruman
The Shire


Dec 17 2018, 1:13am

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I had read that bit about Pippin's hair being almost golden, but since it was taken away from the final manuscript, I didn't take it for canon. But maybe it was, considering Pippin's heritage.

"I have seen it..."


Thor 'n' Oakenshield
Lorien

Dec 17 2018, 1:23am

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The epilogue was taken away because it was "universally condemned" by Tolkien's friends, as I remember. I think we can safely say that Pippin's hair-colour was probably "almost golden" in Tolkien's imagination even after he cut the epilogue; I doubt that, just because he cut the epilogue, he walked back everything that he wrote there. In fact, a lot of it ended up finding its way into the appendices. I personally cherish the stuff he never published just as much as the stuff he did - it comes from the same hand, right?

"Torment in the dark was the danger that I feared, and it did not hold me back. But I would not have come, had I known the danger of light and joy. Now I have taken my worst wound in this parting, even if I were to go this night straight to the Dark Lord."


Saruman
The Shire


Dec 21 2018, 12:13am

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Very true [In reply to] Can't Post

Good point! I wonder how long their hair got. I want to imagine it like... Kurt Cobain length. Sly

"I have seen it..."


Thor 'n' Oakenshield
Lorien

Dec 22 2018, 2:45pm

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Haha, that imagery is pretty funny [In reply to] Can't Post

I can totally see it, though, which is the weird part!

"Torment in the dark was the danger that I feared, and it did not hold me back. But I would not have come, had I known the danger of light and joy. Now I have taken my worst wound in this parting, even if I were to go this night straight to the Dark Lord."


Saruman
The Shire


Dec 23 2018, 1:15am

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Exactly!

"I have seen it..."

 
 

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