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Estella Bolger

Estella Bolger
Hobbit
Biographical Information
LocationThe Shire
BirthS.R. 1385
Family
FamilyBolger
ParentageOdovacar Bolger and Rosamunda Took
SiblingsFredegar
SpouseMeriadoc Brandybuck
Physical Description
GenderFemale

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

[edit] History

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, and Estella eventually married him after the War of the Ring.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Jim Allan has suggested that Estella is related to the Spanish Estrella, derived from the Latin stella, both meaning "star".[2]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

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[3] 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.[4]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Bolger of Budgeford"
  2. Jim Allan, An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names", p. 197
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Family Trees"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Note on the Text" (by Douglas A. Anderson)