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Ferumbras Took III

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Ferumbras Took III
Biographical Information
LocationGreat Smials
BirthS.R. 1316
DeathS.R. 1415
ParentageFortinbras II and
Lalia Clayhanger
Physical Description

Ferumbras Took III was born in S.R. 1316 the son of Thain Fortinbras II and Lalia Clayhanger, who inherited the Thainship from his father in S.R. 1380 at the age of sixty-four.

As Lalia outlived her husband, in accordance with Took tradition she continued as matriarch of the family, and despite Ferumbras being Thain he was only accorded a small bachelor pad in Great Smials.

It was during his time as Shire-thain that Bilbo Baggins's famous Birthday Party was held, and though he is not mentioned in detailed accounts of the Party, we do know that he was present. He died in the year S.R. 1415, just three years before Frodo set out from The Shire. As Ferumbras left no heir the Thainship passed to his second cousin, Paladin Took II.


The Old Took
1190 - 1320
Adamanta Chubb
Isengrim III
1232 - 1330
Isumbras IV
1238 - 1339
1240 - 1341
Rosa Baggins
1256 - unknown
Lalia Clayhanger
1283 - 1402
Fortinbras II
1278 - 1380
1280 - 1382
1316 - 1415
3 daughters
Paladin II
1333 - 1434
1336 - unknown
Peregrin I
1390 - 1484+
Meriadoc Brandybuck
1382 - 1484+


"Ferumbras" is of French and Latin origin and likely means "wild-armed". It comes from the ferus meaning "wild" or "fierce", and the French bras, from the Latin brachium, meaning "arm". It has also been suggested that the name may come from the Latin ferrum meaning "iron".

"Ferumbras" is another name for "Fierabras" (meaning "brave-arm") who is a Saracen knight who appears in French legendary history, who Tolkien must've been aware of.

Internally, it is likely Ferumbras III is named after a Ferumbras I (or Ferumbras II who is in turn named after Ferumbras I) whose history is unknown to us as he is not directly named by Tolkien, and is only assumed to exist as one of the unnamed "Eight Thains of the Took Line" based on titular numbering.


Preceded by:
Fortinbras Took II
30th Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1380 - 1415
Followed by:
Paladin Took II