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Elanor Gardner

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In [[Fourth Age 15|1436]] Elanor became a maid of honor to Queen [[Arwen|Arwen Evenstar]], and in [[Fourth Age 30|1451]] she married [[Fastred of Greenholm]]. [[Fourth Age 34|Four years later]] Fastred was named [[Warden of Westmarch]] by the [[Thain]] at the request of Samwise. Elanor and her husband then moved to the [[Undertowers]] on the [[Tower Hills]] where their family (becoming known as the [[Fairbairn Family|Fairbairns of the Towers]]) would live for many generations.
 
In [[Fourth Age 15|1436]] Elanor became a maid of honor to Queen [[Arwen|Arwen Evenstar]], and in [[Fourth Age 30|1451]] she married [[Fastred of Greenholm]]. [[Fourth Age 34|Four years later]] Fastred was named [[Warden of Westmarch]] by the [[Thain]] at the request of Samwise. Elanor and her husband then moved to the [[Undertowers]] on the [[Tower Hills]] where their family (becoming known as the [[Fairbairn Family|Fairbairns of the Towers]]) would live for many generations.
  
After her father's passing to the [[Undying Lands]] in [[Fourth Age 61|1482]], Elanor and her line became the keepers of the [[Red Book of Westmarch]]. Her two children were [[Elfstan Fairbairn|Elfstan]], born in [[Fourth Age 33|1454]], and [[Fíriel Fairbairn]].<ref>{{App|Later}}</ref>
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After her father's passing to the [[Undying Lands]] in [[Fourth Age 61|1482]], Elanor and her line became the keepers of the [[Red Book of Westmarch]]. Her two children were [[Elfstan Fairbairn|Elfstan]], born in [[Fourth Age 33|1454]],<ref>{{App|Later}}</ref> and [[Fíriel Fairbairn|Fíriel]].<ref>{{AB|Preface}}, note 2</ref>
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
 
The name is a reference to the ''[[Elanor (flower)|sun-star]]'', a little golden flower blooming in the land of [[Lothlórien]] — this perfectly satisfied Sam's desire for a name that was both [[Elvish]] and yet at the same time a simple flower-name as many hobbit-lasses had.<ref name="Havens">{{RK|Havens}}</ref>
 
The name is a reference to the ''[[Elanor (flower)|sun-star]]'', a little golden flower blooming in the land of [[Lothlórien]] — this perfectly satisfied Sam's desire for a name that was both [[Elvish]] and yet at the same time a simple flower-name as many hobbit-lasses had.<ref name="Havens">{{RK|Havens}}</ref>

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The name Elanor refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Elanor (disambiguation).
Liliane Grenier - Elanor Gamgee.jpg
Elanor Gardner
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Locationthe Shire
BirthMarch 25th, T.A. 3021
Family
ParentageSamwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton
Physical Description
GenderFemale
Hair colorBlonde
"You were born at the end of a great age, Elanorellë"
Samwise Gamgee[1]

Elanor Fairbairn (née Gamgee or Gardner) was the first child of Master Samwise Gamgee and his wife Rose Cotton.

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Life

Called "The Fair" for her golden hair, she was born March 25th, 1421 by Shire Reckoning (which would be Third Age 3021), which was at the same time the first day of the Fourth Age in Gondor. Elanor was also the only one of Samwise's children known to the Ringbearer, Frodo Baggins, and her name was a suggestion by him.[2]

In 1436 Elanor became a maid of honor to Queen Arwen Evenstar, and in 1451 she married Fastred of Greenholm. Four years later Fastred was named Warden of Westmarch by the Thain at the request of Samwise. Elanor and her husband then moved to the Undertowers on the Tower Hills where their family (becoming known as the Fairbairns of the Towers) would live for many generations.

After her father's passing to the Undying Lands in 1482, Elanor and her line became the keepers of the Red Book of Westmarch. Her two children were Elfstan, born in 1454,[3] and Fíriel.[4]

Etymology

The name is a reference to the sun-star, a little golden flower blooming in the land of Lothlórien — this perfectly satisfied Sam's desire for a name that was both Elvish and yet at the same time a simple flower-name as many hobbit-lasses had.[2]

Other versions of the Legendarium

Besides her presence as an infant in the last chapter of the published The Lord of the Rings, and the details noted in the appendices of that book, Elanor's most significant role was in the two versions of the written but unpublished epilogue of The Lord of the Rings. In that epilogue Elanor talks with her father about the importance of the events that transpired in the story and also about the coming of King Elessar and Queen Arwen for a visit. Elanor's affectionate name for her father is "Sam-dad", while Sam calls her "Elanorellë".[1]

Portrayal in Adaptations

1981: BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings:

Elanor can be heard crying as Frodo (Ian Holm) tells Sam (Bill Nighy) that he must go on with his life. The crying is actually by Holm's son, Harry.

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King:

Elanor was played by Alexandra Astin, the daughter of Sean Astin.

2010: The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest:

Elanor is available as a second player, playing Gandalf to Frodo's Aragorn. She wears a wizard's hat and a stick to serve as staff.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: XI. The Epilogue"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface", note 2