Estella Bolger

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Estella Bolger
Biographical Information
LocationThe Shire
BirthS.R. 1385
DeathAfter S.R. 1419[note 1]
ParentageOdovacar Bolger and Rosamunda Took
SpouseMeriadoc Brandybuck
ChildrenAt least one son[1]
Physical Description

Estella Brandybuck, née Bolger, was a Hobbit of the Shire.

History[edit | edit source]

Estella was the second child of Odovacar Bolger and Rosamunda Took. She was present at Bilbo's Farewell Party.

Her older brother, Fredegar, was well acquainted with Meriadoc Brandybuck,[2][3] and Estella eventually married him after the War of the Ring.[4]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Jim Allan has suggested that Estella is related to the Spanish Estrella, derived from the Latin stella, both meaning "star".[5]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]

Tolkien added Estella to the family trees in Appendix C in the mid-1960s during the revisions that led to the second edition of The Lord of the Rings. For unclear reasons[6] she did not initially appear in the hardcover edition, but only in the mass-market paperback edition published by Ballantine Books. Estella was finally added to the hardcover edition after an update to the text in 1987.[7]


  1. According to the Appendix B Meriadoc left the Shire for Rohan in S.R. 1484. Presumably Estella had died by then.