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The Bolger Family was a Hobbit family of Fallohidish origin[1] associated with the village of Budgeford, on The Water in the Eastfarthing of the Shire.[2] In common with the Brandybucks and the Tooks, the Bolgers had a penchant for heroic names,[1] and so as well as Fredegar (the most important Bolger in Tolkien's work), we find such noble names as Fastolph, Gundabald and Odovacar.

[edit] Etymology

The name Bolger is a reference to the "bulged" size of the average Hobbit belly, referring to their fatness and tubbiness and presumably begun as a nickname.[3]

Both Bolger and Bulger are real-life English surnames although not necessarily of the same etymology.

It was a translation of Westron Bolgra of similar meaning.

[edit] Family Tree of the Bolgers of Budgeford

Showing the prominent members of the Bolger clan.[4] The figures after the names are those of birth (and death where that is recorded). A dashed line indicates marriage, or when extended vertically, indicates a line of descent with one or more generations not shown. Names in italics signify those who attended Bilbo's Farewell Party on 22 September S.R. 1401.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gundolpho
1131-1230
 
Alfrida of the Yale
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gundahar
1174-1275
 
Dina Diggle
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rudolph
1178
 
Cora Goodbody
 
 
 
Gundahad
1180
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adalgar
1215-1314
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adaldrida
1218
 
Marmadoc Brandybuck
 
Fastolph
1210
 
Pansy Baggins
 
Gundabald
1222
 
Salvia Brandybuck
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rudigar
1255-1348
 
Belba Baggins
 
Rudibert
1260
 
Amethyst Hornblower
 
Ruby
1264
 
Fosco Baggins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Theobald
1261
 
Nina Lightfoot
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Herugar
1295-1390
 
Jessamine Boffin
 
Adalbert
1301-1397
 
Gerda Boffin
 
 
 
(DROGO)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wilibald
1304-1400
 
Prisca Baggins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Odovacar
1335-1431
 
Rosamunda Took
 
Filibert
1342-1443
 
Poppy Chubb-Baggins
 
 
 
(FRODO)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wilimar
1347
 
Heribald
1351
 
Nora
1360
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fredegar
1380
 
Estella
1385[5]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(MERIADOC)
 
 
 
 
 
(various descendants)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "On Translation"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Conspiracy Unmasked"
  3. 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
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Bolger of Budgeford"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Family Trees", Note 1