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Goodbody Family

The Goodbody Family was one of the many prominent families of Shire-hobbits, perhaps of the upper class in the Shire.[1] The Goodbodies were connected to the Baggins Family through Bilbo Baggins's great aunt Lily, who married one Togo Goodbody.[2] They were also connected to the Bolger Family; Cora Goodbody married Rudolph Bolger.[3]

Bilbo acknowledged the descendants of his aunt Lily as his extended family and had invited some of the various Goodbodies at his famous Farewell Party.[2][4]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

The Goodbodies were added as guests to Bilbo's Farewell Party in the fifth draft of the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings. However, at that time the family name was Gawkroger,[5] a Yorkshire surname meaning "clumsy Roger".[6]

References

  1. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth, p. 171
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Baggins of Hobbiton"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Bolger of Budgeford"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Second Phase: XIV. Return to Hobbiton"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Second Phase: XIV. Return to Hobbiton, Notes", note 10