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Goldberry by D.W. Luebbert

Goldberry, the "River-woman's daughter", was the wife of Tom Bombadil.



Although her origins are uncertain, it has been speculated that she is a river-spirit of the river Withywindle.[source?] Otherwise, she and Bombadil are enigmas.

Portrayal in Adaptations

1955: The Lord of the Rings (1955 radio series):

Because adaptor Terence Tiller thought the age difference between Bombadil and Goldberry was too big, he made them father and daughter.[1] Tolkien though little of the change.[2] No actress is credited specifically for the part, though Nicolette Bernard is the only female in the episode's cast list, making it likely she voiced Goldberry.[3]

1992: Tales from the Perilous Realm (1992 radio series):

Sorcha Cusack played Goldberry in the episode "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil".[4]

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

Goldberry appears at the house of Tom Bombadil. One of the tasks the player has to accomplish is bringing collecting water-lilies for Tom and Goldberry. She is voiced by Kath Soucie.[5]

See also


  1. Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide Reader's Guide, "Adaptations", pp. 8-23
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 175, (dated 30 November 1955)
  3. Radio Times, Volume 129, No. 1672, November 25, 1955
  4. Tales from the Perilous Realm (1992 radio series), CD Booklet
  5. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game), "Withywindle Path"