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Fairbairn Family

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The '''Fairbairn Family''' was the family name of the descendants of [[Samwise Gamgee]], through his eldest daughter [[Elanor]] and her husband [[Fastred of Greenholm]], because her elvish beauty was long inherited by her descendants.<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 757</ref>
 
The '''Fairbairn Family''' was the family name of the descendants of [[Samwise Gamgee]], through his eldest daughter [[Elanor]] and her husband [[Fastred of Greenholm]], because her elvish beauty was long inherited by her descendants.<ref name="Nomen">{{HM|N}}, p. 757</ref>
  
Fastred became the first [[Warden of Westmarch]], a title handed down to his son [[Elfstan Fairbairn]] and his descendants. The family seat was at [[Undertowers]] on the [[Tower Hills]], so that the family are often referred to as the 'Fairbairns of the Towers'.
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Fastred became the first [[Warden of Westmarch]], a title handed down to his son [[Elfstan Fairbairn]] and his descendants. The family seat was at [[Undertowers]] on the [[Tower Hills]], so that the family are often referred to as the 'Fairbairns of the Towers'.<ref>{{App|Gamgee}}</ref>
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==Family Tree of the Fairbairns of the Towers==
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{{familytree |FAS|y|ELA|FAS=[[Fastred of Greenholm]]<br/><ref group="note">Became first Warden of Westmarch in {{SR|1455}}</ref><ref name="later">{{App|Later}}</ref>|ELA=[[Elanor Gardner]]<BR/>('the Fair')<br/><small>''1421''</small>}}
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{{familytree |ELF| |FFA|ELF=[[Elfstan Fairbairn]]<br/><small>''1454''</small><ref name="later"/>|FFA=[[Fíriel Fairbairn]]<ref>{{AB|Preface}}, note 2</ref>}}
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==Family Tree Notes==
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==Inspiration==
 
==Inspiration==
 
Fairbairn is a real-life English surname a northern variant of the name Fairchild.
 
Fairbairn is a real-life English surname a northern variant of the name Fairchild.

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The Fairbairn Family was the family name of the descendants of Samwise Gamgee, through his eldest daughter Elanor and her husband Fastred of Greenholm, because her elvish beauty was long inherited by her descendants.[1]

Fastred became the first Warden of Westmarch, a title handed down to his son Elfstan Fairbairn and his descendants. The family seat was at Undertowers on the Tower Hills, so that the family are often referred to as the 'Fairbairns of the Towers'.[2]

Family Tree of the Fairbairns of the Towers

Fastred of Greenholm
[note 1][3]
 
Elanor Gardner
('the Fair')
1421
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elfstan Fairbairn
1454[3]
 
Fíriel Fairbairn[4]

Family Tree Notes

  1. Became first Warden of Westmarch in S.R. 1455

Inspiration

Fairbairn is a real-life English surname a northern variant of the name Fairchild.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 757
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "The Longfather-tree of Master Samwise"
  3. 3.0 3.1 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