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Belladonna Took

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Belladonna Took
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other namesMrs. Bungo Baggins[1]
LocationBag End, Hobbiton
BirthS.R. 1252
DeathS.R. 1334
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.

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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 Third Age 2890, her son and only child Bilbo was born. She died in Third Age 2934,[2] eight years after her husband.[3]

Etymology

Belladonna is an Italian name, a rarity among Hobbits (though her sisters Donnamira and Mirabella share this peculiarity). It translates as "beautiful lady". While perhaps not intentional, belladonna is also a plant name,[4] which would fit in with the Hobbit-habit of naming girls after flowers.[5]

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: Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring:

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

2003: Sierra's The Hobbit:

A portrait of Belladonna, Bungo and a young Bilbo hangs at Bag End. As he looks at it, Bilbo exclaims "A Hobbit couldn't wish for nicer 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, "II 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: Special Extended DVD Edition, "Farewell Dear Bilbo", Director's comentary
  9. The Hobbit (2003 video game), "Hobitton"