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Bunce Family

A family of the Shire-hobbits connected with the Bagginses

A family of Shire-hobbits, known to exist some two centuries before the War of the Ring, but otherwise almost entirely obscure. The family's only recorded member was Mimosa Bunce, whose name found its way into Shire records when she married Ponto Baggins, a son of the Baggins patriarch Balbo. Mimosa therefore lived some two generations before the time of Bilbo Baggins, and she would in fact have been Bilbo's great aunt (her husband Ponto was the younger brother of Mungo Baggins, who was one of Bilbo's grandfathers). It is likely that she knew Bilbo as child (we have no specific dates for Mimosa, but at the time Bilbo was born, she would probably have been in her seventies).

Apart from Mimosa, no other Hobbit named 'Bunce' is ever recorded. We can probably take this to imply that the family was not a particularly important one among the Shire-hobbits. This idea is supported by the lack of any named Bunces at Bilbo's Farewell Party, suggesting that the Bunce family had faded in importance, or perhaps ceased to exist altogether, by the end of the Third Age.


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