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Bracegirdle Family

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
S.R. 1313-S.R. 1410
S.R. 1318-S.R. 1420
Otho Sackville-Baggins
S.R. 1310-S.R. 1412
b. S.R. 1350
b. S.R. 1354
Seredic Brandybuck
b. S.R. 1348
S.R. 1364-S.R. 1419
b. S.R. 1389
b. S.R. 1391
b. S.R. 1394


  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"