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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
Weapon

Physical description

Race
Culture
Shire-hobbits (Took family)
Gender
Male
Height
Hair color
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

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 lives were prolonged by the powers of the Ring, lived longer.

BiographyEdit

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 (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
   
   
Adamanta
Chubb
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Hildigrim
   
   
Rosa Baggins
   
   
Numerous
children
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Adalgrim Took
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Paladin II
   
   
Eglantine Banks
   
   
Three daughters
   
   
Esmeralda
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Saradoc
Brandybuck
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Pearl
   
   
Pimpernel
   
   
Pervinca
   
   
Peregrin I
   
   
Diamond
   
   
Meriadoc
Brandybuck
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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


ReferencesEdit

  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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