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Billy Boyd portrays Pippin in the Motion Picture

Peregrin Took

Biographical information

Other names
Pippin, "Ernil i Pheriannath"
Date of birth
TA 2990 (SR 1390)
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
FO 65 (SR 1485) (aged 95)
Realms ruled
Barrow-blade, Elven dagger (film), Troll's bane

Physical description

Shire-hobbits (Took family)
over 4'5"/134 cm
Hair color
Eye color

"The road goes on forever, but I can't without a rest. It is high time for lunch."
The Lord of the Rings, Three Is Company

Peregrin "Pippin" Took was a Hobbit of the Shire, and one of Frodo Baggins's youngest but closest friends. Frodo is also Pippin's 2nd cousin once removed.


Pippin had three older sisters in his Took family, Pearl Took, Pimpernel Took, and Pervinca Took. His parents were Paladin Took II (TA 2933 - FO 13), Thain of the Shire, and Eglantine Banks. Pippin's dear friend Meriadoc Brandybuck (more commonly known as Merry) was the son of Paladin's sister Esmeralda Brandybuck, which makes them first cousins.

War of the Ring

Peregrin "Pippin" Took was eight years younger than Merry, and thus was far younger than Frodo. At Rivendell, Pippin was nearly denied the chance to accompany Frodo by Elrond who seriously considered using the youngest Hobbit as a messenger to the Shire. Gandalf, however, supported his and Merry's claims of friendship and loyalty, and Pippin was chosen as the last member of Fellowship at Gandalf's request to Elrond.

Lotr 5

Pippin back to back with his good friend Merry.

Pippin: "We hobbits ought to stick together, and we will. I shall go, unless they chain me up. There must be someone with intelligence in the party."
Gandalf: "Then you certainly will not be chosen, Peregrine Took!"
The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring , "The Ring Goes South"

When the Fellowship was passing through Moria, Pippin dropped a stone down an old Dwarven well. It may be that this act was what alerted the unfriendly goblins to the Fellowship's presence in Moria. In the resulting battle, he was able to distract the enemy's Cave-troll by plunging his sword in the troll's neck long enough for Legolas to shoot the Cave-troll with two arrows through the neck into its head.

"This is a serious journey, not a hobbit walking-party. Throw yourself in next time, and then you will be of no further nuisance. Now be quiet!"
—Gandalf to Pippin, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring , "A Journey in the Dark"

Pippin journeyed to Lothlórien with the rest of the Fellowship after Gandalf had fallen to the Balrog in Moria. He was presented with an Elven Belt and Cloak by the Lady Galadriel. After leaving Lothlórien, the Fellowship went to Amon Hen but unfortunately, while they were there, Pippin, Merry, and Boromir were split apart from the rest, and The Fellowship split. They were attacked by Uruk-hai sent by Saruman to recover the One Ring, and in the resulting skirmish, Boromir was killed while defending the hobbits. Pippin and Merry were captured by Uruk-hai who marched toward Isengard to give Saruman the White the One Ring.

While held captive by the Orcs, Pippin left the elven brooch of his cloak given in Lórien as a signal for Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli. During a skirmish amongst his captors Pippin managed to cut his bonds using a saw-edged knife held fast by a dead Uruk. Upon their escape, he and Merry were befriended by old Treebeard, leader of the Ents. With him Pippin and Merry drank Ent-draughts, causing them to become the tallest Hobbits in history.


Pippin meeting Treebeard for the first time

They were also able to convince Treebeard to attack Saruman at Isengard, while the Rohirrm defended Helm's Deep. After the battle, they were told by Treebeard to watch the gate, for Théoden, the King of Rohan, would be passing that way as well as Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, and Éomer. When they came, Pippin and Merry met the remaining four of the fellowship again. Pippin stayed at the bottom of the stairs of Orthanc when Gandalf, Théoden, Éomer, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli went to confront Saruman.

Edge of Night

Pepin singing Edge of Night.

It was Pippin who picked up the Palantír of Orthanc after Gríma Wormtongue foolishly threw it as a missile, and later he stole it out of Gandalf's hands while the wizard slept. Looking into the stone, he had a terrifying encounter with Sauron himself, leading the Dark Lord to assume Pippin was the Ringbearer. Because of this, Gandalf separated him from his friends and brought him to the City of Minas Tirith. Meeting Denethor II, Steward of Gondor, he volunteered for service to repay him for the death of Denethor's son, Boromir, who had died trying to defend Merry and Pippin from Saruman's Uruk-hai. Denethor accepted the Hobbit's offer and made him one of the elite Guards of the Citadel. Later, it was Pippin who rushed to fetch Gandalf when Denethor, driven to despair by Sauron's deception, set out to burn his remaining son Faramir and himself alive. The young hobbit thus saved Faramir, Captain of Rangers and last Steward to the Throne of Gondor.

Pippin was part of the Army of the West led by Aragorn that assaulted the Black Gates in a desperate attempt to give Frodo time to destroy the Ring. Before the final parley with the Mouth of Sauron, Gandalf instructed that members of each race that opposed Sauron be present at the parley, including Aragorn, son of Arathorn, King of Gondor, and Éomer, King of Rohan for Men, Gimli for the Dwarves, Legolas, Elladan and Elrohir, (Elrond's twin sons) for the Elves, and Pippin for Hobbits. During the Last Battle before the Morannon (Black Gate), Pippin managed to slay one of the Olog-hai, a troll-race bred by Sauron, the first hobbit ever to do so. He was then knocked unconscious when the troll fell on him. Gimli later recognized the Hobbit feet under the Troll and dragged him out of the battle, saving his life. After the restoration of the monarchy, King Elessar knighted him and granted him and his fellow hobbits leave to return home, as well as leave to return to Gondor whenever they liked. Later, he, Merry, Frodo, and Sam were instrumental in overthrowing the small remainder of Saruman's forces during the Scouring of the Shire.

After the War

In the year FO 6 of the Fourth Age Pippin married Diamond of Long Cleeve, when she was 32 and he himself was 37. They had one son, Faramir. Faramir Took the Ist later married Samwise Gamgee's daughter Goldilocks (Gardner) Took.

In the year FO 13 Pippin became the 32nd Thain of the Shire, a position he held for 50 years before retiring in FO 63, when he revisited Rohan and Gondor with Merry. He remained in Gondor for the rest of his life.

Pippin probably died sometime after the year FO 64 and was laid to rest with Merry in Gondor. After the great King Elessar (Aragorn) died in FO 120, Merry and Pippin were entombed next to the great king.[1]


The hair on his head and his feet (which are exceptionally hairy, even for a Hobbit) was almost golden and curly. At the beginning of Quest of the Ring he was smaller than the rest of the Hobbits because he was the youngest. But after he and Merry drank the draft from Treebeard, they became some of the tallest hobbits in history, towering at over four and a half feet. It was said he should stop growing as hats would become very expensive.

In The Fellowship of the Ring he was a worthy accomplice to Merry's plans, although he showed his age as well; he was a cheerful if not sometimes thoughtless Hobbit, and seemingly had a knack for doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, but throughout The Lord of the Rings he becomes increasingly mature and courageous.

Line of Tooks

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



Pippin, like Merry, used swords of the Westernesse they obtained from the Barrow-downs. When he arrived in Minas Tirith he gained a sword that he calls later Troll's bane.

Throwing Weapons

Pippin can use rocks to hit opponents from a distance. Like most Hobbits, he is an excellent shot.

Appearances in the Books and Films

In the books

In the films

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings film trilogy

In the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Pippin is played by Billy Boyd, who is the oldest of the actors portraying the four protagonist Hobbits (Elijah Wood, who plays Frodo, is the youngest). Pippin's foolish acts are mainly for comedic relief. Generally weaker than the rest, he does overcome his foolishness and becomes of much use in The Return of the King.

In the The Lord of the Rings (film), Pippin loses his barrow blade and receives a short sword of Gondor, and the helmet and livery of the Citadel Guard, originally made for the young Faramir.

Video games

Voice Dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) José Joel
Spanish (Spain) Hernán Fernández
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Silvio Giraldi
Italian (Italy) Corrado Conforti
Hungarian László Lippai
French (France) Pierre Tessier
Czech (Czech Republic) Matěj Hádek
Slovak Dušan Cinkota / Štefan Martinovič (FOTR)
German Stefan Krause
Turkish Yekta Kopan

Translations around the World

Foreign Language Translated name
Portuguese (Brazil) Peregrin "Pippin" Tûk
Portuguese (Portugal) Peregrino "Pippin" Took
Spanish (Spain and Latin America) Peregrin "Pippin" Tuk
Italian Peregrino "Pipino" Tuc
French Peregrin "Pippin" Touque
German Peregrin "Pippin" Tuk
Hungarian Tuk Peregrin "Pippin"
Chinese (Hong Kong) 皮聘·圖克

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