Bolger family

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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, we find such noble names as Fastolph, Gundabald and Odovacar.

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.[4]

Family tree of the Bolgers of Budgeford

Showing the prominent members of the Bolger clan.[5] 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[6]
(MERIADOC)
(various descendants)

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