Gerontius was born in TA 2790 (SR 1190) and 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 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 Took (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).
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
- Gerontius "The Old" Took was portrayed by Dan Hennah in the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
- The Hobbit (first mentioned)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (first appearance) (extended edition only)
- LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game (mentioned only in portable versions)