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Born 25 March III 3021 (1421 by the Shire-reckoning); lived until at least until IV 61 (S.R. 1482)1
Raised in Hobbiton, but settled at Undertowers on the Tower Hills
Elanor is pronounced 'e'lanor'
Elanor comes from an Elvish flower name meaning 'sun-star'2


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Elanor Gamgee

Sam Gamgee’s firstborn child

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Called Elanor the Fair, the eldest child of Samwise Gamgee and Rose Cotton; she married Fastred of Greenholm and they removed to the Westmarch of the Shire. Her son Elfstan was the founder of the Fairbairn family.



IV 61 was the year in which Elanor's mother Rose died, and in which her father Samwise later left the Shire and, according to tradition, passed across the Sea. He gave the Red Book to Elanor before he departed, and this is the last mention of her in any record. She would only have been 61 years old at that time, and it is likely that she lived for several more decades.


Elanor's name was given at the suggestion of Frodo Baggins, recalling the golden elanor flowers seen by the Fellowship of the Ring on Cerin Amroth in Lórien.

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