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River-woman

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The River-woman
Biographical Information
LocationThe Old Forest (Withywindle)
Family
ChildrenGoldberry
Physical Description
RaceUnknown
GenderFemale

The River-woman was a mysterious person — apparently some kind of water-spirit — associated with the Withywindle in the Old Forest. She was the mother of Goldberry, who was for this reason known as the "River-daughter".

In a poem, Tom Bombadil was pulled into the river by the swimming Goldberry she swam "back to her mother's house in the deepest hollow". Later, Tom returned to the river and asked the River-woman for Goldberry's hand; she complied unquestionably, so the two were married.[1]

[edit] Genealogy

RIVER-WOMAN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goldberry
 
Tom Bombadil
 
 


References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil"
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