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Fortinbras Took II

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Fortinbras Took II
Biographical Information
LocationGreat Smials, Tuckborough
BirthS.R. 1278
RuleS.R. 1339 - 1380
DeathS.R. 1380 (aged 102)
ParentageIsumbras IV
SpouseLalia Clayhanger
ChildrenFerumbras III
Physical Description

Fortinbras Took II was the twenty-ninth Thain of the Shire.


Fortinbras was the son of Isumbras IV.[1] He married Lalia Clayhanger in S.R. 1314, and had one son, Ferumbras III, born two years later.[2]

Fortinbras became Thain after his father's death in S.R. 1339.[1] He was Thain for 41 years, and after his death in S.R. at the age of 102 he was succeeded as Thain by his son Ferumbras; however, in accordance with Took tradition, Lalia continued to be head of the family until her death in S.R. 1402.[2]


Fortinbras is the name of two characters in Shakespeare's Hamlet. It is French for "strong in arms".[3]


The Old Took
1190 - 1320
Adamanta Chubb
Isengrim III
1232 - 1330
Isumbras IV
1238 - 1339
1278 - 1380
Lalia Clayhanger
1283 - 1402
Ferumbras III
1316 - 1415


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 214, (undated, written late 1958 or early 1959)
  3. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"
Fortinbras Took II
Took Family
Born: S.R. 1278 Died: S.R. 1380
Preceded by:
Isumbras Took IV
29th Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1339 - 1380
Followed by:
Ferumbras Took III