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{{disambig-two|the mother of [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]]|founder of [[The Tolkien Society]]|[[Vera Chapman]]}}
 
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'''Belladonna Took''' ([[Third Age|T.A.]] 2852 - 2934, died aged 82), was one of the three remarkable daughters of the [[Old Took]] and oldest sister of [[Donnamira Took|Donnamira]] and [[Mirabella Took|Mirabella]]. Belladonna married [[Bungo Baggins]] who built for her (and with her money) the most luxurious Hobbit-hole. In [[Third Age 2890|T.A. 2890]] their only son [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] was born. Belladonna lived with her husband and her son in Bag End till her death in T.A. 2934.
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'''Belladonna Baggins''' (née '''Took''') ([[Third Age]] {{TA|2852|n}} - {{TA|2934|n}}, died aged 82) was the mother of [[Bilbo Baggins]].
  
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==History==
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Belladonna was one of the three remarkable daughters of the [[Gerontius Took|Old Took]].<ref name="Party">{{H|Party}}</ref> She had eight older brothers (and one younger), and was the eldest of the three daughters.<ref name="Took">{{App|Took}}</ref> Belladonna married [[Bungo Baggins]], who built a spacious hole for her (partly with her money).<ref name="Party"/> It became the residence of the [[Baggins Family]], and in {{TA|2890|n}}, her son and only child [[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo]] was born. She died in {{TA|2934|n}},<ref name="Took"/> eight years after her husband.<ref>{{App|Baggins}}</ref>
  
*''[[The Hobbit]]'', First Chapter: ''[[An Unexpected Party]]''
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==Etymology==
*''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', [[Appendix C]]: ''[[Took Family|Took of Great Smials]]''
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''[[wikipedia:Atropa belladonna|belladonna]]'' is the name of a poisonous plant,<ref>[[J.R.R. Tolkien]], [[Douglas A. Anderson]], ''[[The Annotated Hobbit]]'', "[[An Unexpected Party]]", note 8</ref> fitting in with the Hobbit-habit of naming girls after flowers.<ref>{{App|F2}}</ref>
  
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The word is understood as an Italian name, a rarity among Hobbits (though her sisters [[Donnamira Took|Donnamira]] and [[Mirabella Took|Mirabella]] share this peculiarity) and translates as "beautiful lady" although it derives from Latin ''bladone'' "nightshade".
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In her first appearance in the fiction, Belladonna - which has stayed unchanged from the earliest survived sketch of the story<ref>{{HM|MB}}, "[[The Bladorthin Typescript]]"</ref> -  is described as "one of three remarkable daughters of the Old Took". [[Humphrey Carpenter]], in his attempt to draw an analogy between Bilbo and Tolkien, noted that Tolkien's mother, [[Mabel Suffield]], was one of three remarkable daughters of [[John Suffield]], who lived to be nearly a hundred.<ref>[[Humphrey Carpenter]], ''[[J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography]]'', "Enter Mr. Baggins", page 175</ref>
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==Portrayal in Adaptations==
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'''2002: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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:A portrait of Belladonna Baggins hangs in Bag End. It is based on [[Fran Walsh]]'s appearance. A portrait of Bungo next to it is based on a beardless [[Peter Jackson]].<ref>[[Peter Jackson]], [[Fran Walsh]], [[Philippa Boyens]], {{fotree}}, "[[Farewell Dear Bilbo]]", Director's commentary</ref>
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'''2003: [[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|''The Hobbit'' (2003 video game)]]:'''
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:A portrait of Belladonna, Bungo and a young Bilbo hangs at Bag End. As he looks at it, Bilbo exclaims "A Hobbit couldn't ask for finer parents".<ref>[[The Hobbit (2003 video game)|''The Hobbit'' (2003 video game)]], "Hobitton"</ref>
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Revision as of 15:11, 19 December 2012

This article is about the mother of Bilbo. For the founder of The Tolkien Society, see Vera Chapman.
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Belladonna Took
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other namesMrs. Bungo Baggins[1]
LocationBag End, Hobbiton
BirthT.A. 2852
DeathT.A. 2934
Family
ParentageGerontius Took, Adamanta Chubb
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Belladonna Baggins (née Took) (Third Age 2852 - 2934, died aged 82) was the mother of Bilbo Baggins.

Contents

History

Belladonna was one of the three remarkable daughters of the Old Took.[1] She had eight older brothers (and one younger), and was the eldest of the three daughters.[2] Belladonna married Bungo Baggins, who built a spacious hole for her (partly with her money).[1] It became the residence of the Baggins Family, and in 2890, her son and only child Bilbo was born. She died in 2934,[2] eight years after her husband.[3]

Etymology

belladonna is the name of a poisonous plant,[4] fitting in with the Hobbit-habit of naming girls after flowers.[5]

The word is understood as an Italian name, a rarity among Hobbits (though her sisters Donnamira and Mirabella share this peculiarity) and translates as "beautiful lady" although it derives from Latin bladone "nightshade".

Inspiration

In her first appearance in the fiction, Belladonna - which has stayed unchanged from the earliest survived sketch of the story[6] - is described as "one of three remarkable daughters of the Old Took". Humphrey Carpenter, in his attempt to draw an analogy between Bilbo and Tolkien, noted that Tolkien's mother, Mabel Suffield, was one of three remarkable daughters of John Suffield, who lived to be nearly a hundred.[7]

Portrayal in Adaptations

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

A portrait of Belladonna Baggins hangs in Bag End. It is based on Fran Walsh's appearance. A portrait of Bungo next to it is based on a beardless Peter Jackson.[8]

2003: The Hobbit (2003 video game):

A portrait of Belladonna, Bungo and a young Bilbo hangs at Bag End. As he looks at it, Bilbo exclaims "A Hobbit couldn't ask for finer parents".[9]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Baggins of Hobbiton"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Douglas A. Anderson, The Annotated Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party", note 8
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, John D. Rateliff (ed.), The History of The Hobbit, Mr. Baggins, "The Bladorthin Typescript"
  7. Humphrey Carpenter, J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography, "Enter Mr. Baggins", page 175
  8. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition) , "Farewell Dear Bilbo", Director's commentary
  9. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Hobitton"