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Bophîn Family

The original spelling of the name ‘Boffin

For most of the Hobbits' family names, Tolkien has translated the original form into something more recognisable in English, based on the original meaning of the name. In a few cases, though, the original Hobbit name is close enough to a familiar English name that could be used directly. Bophîn is an example of this: rather than translate it by meaning, it has simply had its spelling updated to reflect the existing English surname 'Boffin'.

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