HistoryHe like the rest of his family was very unpopular and not very well liked in the Shire. Like his father and his mother he had always desired Bag End for himself - in the year 1418 of Shire Reckoning he had already waited sixty-two years for the inheritance, but was foiled when Bilbo's nephew Frodo got the hole. Subsequently, when Frodo embarked to Rivendell, Lotho finally received Bag End and from there set himself up as Chief of the Shire.
He became an accomplice of Saruman during the War of the Ring. Trading Pipe-weed with Saruman for money, he began buying land in the Southfarthing, where Men from Isengard were stationed. With the aid of these Ruffians, Lotho was able to depose and imprison Will Whitfoot, the Shire's lawful mayor, and declared himself Chief Shirriff, calling himself "The Boss". Under his command, the Shire was industrialized. However, Lotho was soon stripped of his power, and Saruman took over. Saruman's servant Gríma Wormtongue killed Lotho, and either buried him — or ate him.