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Gerontius "The Old" Took in the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Gerontius Took

Biographical information

Other names
The Old Took
Date of birth
TA 2790 (SR 1190)[1]
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
TA 2920 (SR 1320)
Realms ruled

Physical description

Shire-hobbits (Took family)
Hair color
Eye color
Gerontius "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 lives 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 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).[2]

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit


Preceded by
Gerontius "The Old" Took Succeeded by

Thains of the Shire

Bucca of the Marish | Gorhendad Brandybuck | Isumbras Took I | Isengrim Took II | Isumbras Took III | Ferumbras II Took | Fortinbras Took I | Gerontius Took | Isengrim Took III | Isumbras Took IV | Fortinbras Took II | Ferumbras Took III | Paladin Took II | Peregrin I | Faramir Took I


  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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