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Dates
Approximately III 2775 - III 28771
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Family
Meaning
'Hanna' means 'grace';2 'Goldworthy' is a real family name meaning 'the enclosure of (a person called) Gold'

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Hanna Goldworthy

The mother of Marmadoc the Masterful

A Hobbit who married into the wealthy and powerful family of the Brandybucks when she wed Madoc, who was the son of Gormadoc Deepdelver and ultimately became Master of Buckland in his own right. Hanna and Madoc had a single son, Marmadoc, who inherited his father's title and became known to the Hobbits of Buckland as Marmadoc the Masterful.


Notes

1

Hanna's own dates are not recorded. Those shown here are for her husband Madoc Brandybuck, but Hanna's lifetime would have corresponded fairly closely with these dates.

2

At least, the modern name 'Hanna' has the interpretation 'grace', derived from its Hebrew origins. It is, however, extremely rare to find Hobbit-names derived from that language, and indeed 'Hanna' seems to be a unique example. We might take this to imply that the origins of the name in the Shire differed from those of our modern version (in a similar way that the Hobbit-name 'Sam' comes from Old English 'Samwise', rather than Hebrew 'Samuel'). Perhaps, then, 'Hanna' is not meant as a translation, but rather an anglicisation of an actual name used in the Shire (in rather the way that the family names 'Took' or 'Boffin' derive directly from Tûk or Bophîn). In that case, 'Hanna' would have an entirely different, unknown, meaning.

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