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Goatleaf Family

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A family of the [[Men]] of [[Bree]]. As was typical among the Men of that region, the name comes from a plant. Its precise origins are uncertain, but it is perhaps linked to honeysuckle, whose French name, chèvrefeuille, not only means 'goat leaf', but gives its name to a medieval lay, and would therefore presumably have been familiar to [[Tolkien]].
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A family of the [[Men]] of [[Bree]]. As was typical among the Men of that region, the name comes from a plant.
 
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Only one member of the Goatleaf family appears in Tolkien's works - [[Harry Goatleaf]], who at one time watched the [[West-gate of Bree]], but threw in his lot with [[Bill Ferny]] and [[Saruman]]'s thugs during the [[War of the Ring]].
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[[Harry Goatleaf]] at one time watched the [[West-gate of Bree]], but threw in his lot with [[Bill Ferny]] and [[Saruman]]'s thugs during the [[War of the Ring]].
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==Etymology==
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It is linked to [[Wikipedia:honeysuckle|honeysuckle]] or [[Wikipedia:woodbine|woodbine]]. Its French name, ''chèvrefeuille'' is also a medieval lay, and would therefore presumably have been familiar to [[Tolkien]].
 
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Revision as of 16:30, 10 October 2010

A family of the Men of Bree. As was typical among the Men of that region, the name comes from a plant.

Harry Goatleaf at one time watched the West-gate of Bree, but threw in his lot with Bill Ferny and Saruman's thugs during the War of the Ring.

Etymology

It is linked to honeysuckle or woodbine. Its French name, chèvrefeuille is also a medieval lay, and would therefore presumably have been familiar to Tolkien.