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Although Goldberry’s 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. This is similar to the many named river spirits of traditional English folklore such as Jenny Greenteeth or Peg Powler of the River Tees, (though Goldberry is a noticeably gentler figure), or to the naiads of the Greeks. LOTR One Does Not Simply Walking Into Mordor Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt. Otherwise, she and Bombadil are enigmas in Legendarium, not fitting easily into any of his definitions of sentient beings in his world.
One frequently proposed explanation is that she is a (minor) Maia associated with the element of water and in some way with the river Withywindle in particular, though that is by no means the only possible answer John D. Rateliff suggested that, at least in terms of Tolkien’s early mythology, she should be seen as one of the wide category of fays, spirits, and elementals
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