"There my pretty lady is, River-woman's daughter,
Slender as the willow
-wand, clearer than the water."
Words of Tom Bombadil
From The Fellowship of the Ring
I 6The Old Forest
A mysterious being - apparently some kind of water-spirit - associated with the River Withywindle in the Old Forest. She was the mother of Goldberry, who was for this reason known as the 'River-daughter'.
In the poem The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, we discover a little more about the River-woman. She lived in a deep pool beneath the Withywindle with her daughter, until Goldberry was taken by Bombadil as his wife. She was saddened to be left alone in her hollow - one of the last lines of the poem has the reeds in her river sighing at the loss of her daughter Goldberry.
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