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Goodbody Family

The Goodbody Family was one of the many prominent families that lived in the Shire, perhaps of the upper class[1]. The Goodbodies were connected to the Baggins Family through Bilbo Baggins's great aunt Lily, who married one Togo Goodbody.[2] They were also connected to the Bolger Family; Cora Goodbody married Rudolph Bolger.[3]

Among the family trees in Appendix C to The Lord of the Rings, their descendants are summed up in just two words: 'Various Goodbodies'.[2] Bilbo acknowledged the connection at his famous Farewell Party: we know that at least some of the various Goodbodies were present at that feast.[4]

[edit] Other Versions of the Legendarium

The Goodbodies were added as guests to Bilbo's Farewell Party in the fifth draft of the first chapter of The Lord of the Rings. However, at that time the family name was Gawkroger,[5] a Yorkshire surname meaning "clumsy Roger".[6]

[edit] References

  1. Robert Foster, The Complete Guide to Middle-earth p. 171
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Baggins of Hobbiton"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Bolger of Budgeford"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Long-expected Party"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Second Phase: XIV. Return to Hobbiton"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Second Phase: XIV. Return to Hobbiton, Notes", note 10