The only son of Gundabald Bolger and Salvia Brandybuck, Theobald was born in the middle of the twenty-ninth century of the Third Age, twenty-nine years before Bilbo Baggins. Theobald married Nina Lightfoot, and they had a single son of their own, Wilibald Bolger, who carried on the family line.
Theobald's name derived from the same Old English element théod seen in the names of the later royalty of Rohan: Théoden, Théodwyn and Théodred. It means 'people', and Theobald's full name comes from old words for 'bold people'.
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