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Gondoline Oliphant
Gondoline Oliphant
Biographical information
Born

1720

Died

1799, Cotswolds (aged 79)

Physical information
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair colour

Blonde

Eye colour

Brown

Skin colour

White

Affiliation
Occupation

Magizoologist

Gondoline Oliphant (1720-1799) was a witch made famous for studying the life and habits of trolls. In 1799, she was clubbed to death in the Cotswolds while sketching. [1]

There was a bust of her at Hogwarts Castle, on a secret passage leading from the fourth floor to the second floor. [2]

Etymology

  • The surname Oliphant is derived from an archaic English word for "elephant." J.R.R. Tolkien included huge, elephant-like creatures known as oliphaunts in his novel The Lord of the Rings.
  • The name Gondoline is perhaps a further nod to Tolkien: in the Silmarillion, there was an Elven city called Gondolin, which remained hidden for centuries before being destroyed.

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