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Bracegirdle Family

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The Bracegirdle Family were an important and populous family of Shire-hobbits, associated with the town or village of Hardbottle. The most famous of them was Lobelia Bracegirdle, who married Otho Sackville-Baggins.

[edit] Etymology

The Hobbitish name referred to their tendency to be fat and so to strain their belts, meaning "Tight-belt", or "Belt-tightener / strainer / stretcher". Bracegirdle is a real-life English surname. Tolkien had noted that it followed the type of Romance compounds with the verbal element first (instead of *"Girdlebracer").[1]

[edit] Genealogy[2]

 
 
 
 
Blanco Bracegirdle
 
Primrose Boffin
b. S.R. 1265
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bruno
S.R. 1313-S.R. 1410
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lobelia
S.R. 1318-S.R. 1420
 
Otho Sackville-Baggins
S.R. 1310-S.R. 1412
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hugo
b. S.R. 1350
 
Hilda
b. S.R. 1354
 
Seredic Brandybuck
b. S.R. 1348
 
 
Lotho
S.R. 1364-S.R. 1419
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Doderic
b. S.R. 1389
 
Ilberic
b. S.R. 1391
 
Celandine
b. S.R. 1394
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


[edit] References

  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. 754
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Boffin of the Yale"