Goldberry

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Goldberry is a supporting character from J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Also known as the "River-woman's daughter," she is the wife of Tom Bombadil.

Although her origins are uncertain, Bombadil clearly identifies her as having been found by him in the river and her title "River-woman's daughter", strongly suggests that she is not a mortal human being, but rather a spirit of the river Withywindle in the Old Forest of Tolkien's Middle-earth, similar to the many named river spirits of traditional English folklore such as Peg Powler of the River Tees, although noticeably gentler. Otherwise, she and Bombadil are enigmas in Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium; not fitting easily into any of his definitions of sentient beings in his imagined world. An explanation offered up for her, which is consistent with some other stories, is that she is a resident low echelon Maia, an elemental spirit who has bound herself to the river, perhaps somewhat like Melian binding herself to Elu Thingol and the forest of Neldoreth.[1] Others have speculated that she may even be Yavanna herself, but this is not widely accepted.

In Tolkien's The Adventures of Tom Bombadil the first poem tells the tale of her "capture" by Tom Bombadil.

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