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Gerontius Took

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Revision as of 00:44, 25 November 2010

Gerontius Took
Hobbit
Biographical Information
Other namesOld Took
LocationGreat Smials, Tuckborough
BirthS.R. 1190
DeathS.R. 1320
Family
ParentageFortinbras Took I
Physical Description
GenderMale

Gerontius Took (T.A. 2790 - 2920, died aged 130), also known as The Old Took because of his longevity, was a renowned Hobbit of the Shire.

History

Gerontius was the only son of Fortinbras Took I. Gerontius married Adamanta Chubb, who gave birth to twelve children:

In T.A. 2848 after the death of his father, Gerontius became the twenty-sixth Thain of the Shire. He was a friend of Gandalf the wizard, who gave him a pair of magic diamond studs, and Gerontius loved his magic fireworks, too. Gerontius Took reached the impressive age of 130, which made him the second oldest Hobbit (after Bilbo), that ever lived.

Etymology

The word element geron is Greek for old. The name Gerontius was not used because of the Hobbit's age, but because of his numerous and younger relatives.

Gerontius was also a Latin name of the Late Roman Empire, and is one of the very few Greco-Latin names appearing in Tolkiennymy. Perhaps it represents a Hobbitish name derived from Elvish.

References

Preceded by:
Fortinbras Took I
26th Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1248 - 1320
Followed by:
Isengrim Took III