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Alfrida of the Yale

An early ancestor of the Bolgers

A Shire-hobbit who lived more than two hundred years before the time of the War of the Ring. Alfrida married Gundolpho Bolger, and through their three sons she became an important ancestor of the Bolger family. Alfrida's own ancestry is unclear, but the fact that she came from the Yale suggests a possible connection with the Boffins (a family well represented in that area).

Alfrida's name is interesting: it's a feminine form of Alfred, meaning 'elf counsel'. We know that the Elves occasionally passed through the Shire near to the Yale, so - based on her name - it's conceivable that Alfrida was one of the very rare Hobbits who would spend time with the Fair Folk.

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