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Berylla Boffin

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Berylla Baggins
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other namesBerylla Boffin
Locationthe Shire
BirthT.A. 2772[1]
Family
ParentageBuffo Boffin and Ivy Goodenough
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Berylla Baggins (born T.A. 2772), born Berylla Boffin, was the wife of Balbo Baggins and mother of Mungo Baggins, Bolger, Ponto Baggins, Largo Baggins, and Lilly Goodbody.

Etymology

Berylla is named after the beryl, a type of mineral which includes emerald and aquamarine. The name beryl (Latin beryllus) derives from Prakrit vēruliya, referring to the city name Vēlūr of India[2].

Perhaps it's not unintentional that a Hobbit woman with a jewel-name married into the Baggins family, recently made rich by Bilbo's travels. Both Berylla's marriage and name suggest that the Boffins were of a higher class[3].

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Family Trees", Boffin family tree; Her years of birth and death are not given in The Lord of the Rings
  2. An Introduction to Elvish, Giving of Names
  3. An Introduction to Elvish, pointed out in p.198