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Dates
The only known member of the family, Harry Goatleaf, was extant at the end of the Third Age
Race
Division
Culture
Settlements
Associated with the Bree-land
Meaning
Probably a reference to honeysuckle, which is also sometimes known as 'goatleaf'

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Goatleaf Family

A family of the Men of Bree

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A family of the Men of Bree. As was typical among the Men of that region, the name comes from a plant. Its precise origins are uncertain, but it is perhaps linked to honeysuckle, whose French name, chèvrefeuille, not only means 'goat leaf', but gives its name to a medieval lay, and would therefore presumably have been familiar to Tolkien.

Only one member of the Goatleaf family appears in Tolkien's works - Harry Goatleaf, who at one time watched the West-gate of Bree, but threw in his lot with Bill Ferny and Saruman's thugs during the War of the Ring.


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