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Odovacar Bolger

The father of ‘Fatty’ Bolger

Odovacar married Rosamunda Took (a descendant of the Old Took) and their son was Frodo's friend Fredegar ('Fatty') Bolger. All three were present at Bilbo's famous Farewell Party.

The name 'Odovacar' is Gothic: in fact, historically, Odovacar was the barbarian who finally overthrew the western Roman Empire. The Hobbits lived millennia before the Goths existed, of course, so Odovacar cannot have been a real Hobbit name. Instead, it merely represents the original, unknown, name for this member of the Bolger family, whose real name would presumably have come from some appropriately famous barbarian of his own history.

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