Gerontius Took, more commonly known as The Old Took, was a Hobbit of the Shire and the twenty-sixth Thain of the Shire. He was best known for being the third oldest Hobbit in Middle-earth's history, living to the ripe old age of 130 years. Only Bilbo and Gollum, whose lifetimes were prolonged by the powers of the Ring, lived longer.


The Old Took (cel-shaded)

The Old Took in his younger years

Gerontius was a friend of Gandalf, and was a direct ancestor to the majority of the famous Hobbits. His great-uncle in the Took family was the renowned and large Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took. In The Hobbit, it is revealed that Gandalf once gave him "a pair of magic diamond studs that fastened themselves and never came undone till ordered."

Gerontius married Adamanta Chubb and had twelve children; eight sons: Isengrim III, Isumbras IV, Hildigrim (great-grandfather to Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck), Isembold, Hildifons, Isembard, Hildibrand (great-grandfather to Fredegar Bolger), and Isengar; and four daughters: Hildigard, Belladonna (mother to Bilbo Baggins), Donnamira, and Mirabella (grandmother to Frodo Baggins). He was Thain for 72 years at the time of his death in TA 2920 (SR 1320).[2]

Line of TooksEdit

Gerontius Took
Rosa Baggins
Adalgrim Took
Paladin II
Eglantine Banks
Three daughters
Peregrin I
Faramir I
Goldilocks Gardner

Appearances in the Books and FilmsEdit

In the booksEdit

In the filmsEdit

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

The Hobbit film trilogyEdit

Gerontius "The Old" Took was portrayed by Dan Hennah in the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Video gamesEdit

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Norwegian Gerontius "Gamle Token" Toker
Gerontius "Gammel-Tóken" Tók
Thain of The Shire
Preceded by
Fortinbras Took I
Gerontius Took Succeeded by
Isengrim Took III
TA 2848 - TA 2920


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C: Family Trees, Took of Great Smials

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