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Fairbairn Family

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 (moved there in S.R. 1462), so that the family are often referred to as the 'Fairbairns of the Towers'.[2]

The Fairbairns were also the heirs of the Red Book of Westmarch to which they made additions and also created copies.[3]

[edit] Family Tree of the Fairbairns of the Towers

Fastred of Greenholm
[note 1][4]
Elanor Gardner
('the Fair')
Elfstan Fairbairn
Fíriel Fairbairn[5]

[edit] Family Tree Notes

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

[edit] Inspiration

Fairbairn is a real-life English surname a northern variant of the name Fairchild.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 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. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 134
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "Preface", note 2