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'''Gerontius Took''' ([[Third Age|T.A.]] 2790 - 2920, died aged 130), also known as '''The Old Took''' because of his longevity, was a renowned [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] of [[the Shire]].
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'''Gerontius Took''' ([[Third Age|T.A.]] 2790 - 2920, died aged 130), also known as '''The Old Took''', was a renowned [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] of [[the Shire]].
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
Gerontius was the only son of Fortinbras Took I. Gerontius married [[Adamanta Chubb]], who gave birth to twelve children:
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Gerontius was the only son of [[Fortinbras Took I]]. Gerontius married [[Adamanta Chubb]], who gave birth to twelve children:
  
* [[Isengrim Took III|Isengrim III]] 1232 – 1330
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* [[Isengrim Took III|Isengrim III]] {{SR|1232}} {{SR|1330}}
* [[Hildigard Took|Hildigard]] 1235 – 1255
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* [[Hildigard Took|Hildigard]] {{SR|1235}} {{SR|1255}}
* [[Isumbras Took IV|Isumbras IV]] 1238 – 1339
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* [[Isumbras Took IV|Isumbras IV]] {{SR|1238}} {{SR|1339}}
* [[Hildigrim Took|Hildigrim]] 1240 – 1341
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* [[Hildigrim Took|Hildigrim]] {{SR|1240}} {{SR|1341}}
* [[Isembold Took|Isembold]] 1242 – 1346
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* [[Isembold Took|Isembold]] {{SR|1242}} {{SR|1346}}
* [[Hildifons Took|Hildifons]] 1244 – ?
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* [[Hildifons Took|Hildifons]] {{SR|1244}} – ?
* [[Isembard Took|Isembard]] 1247 – 1346
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* [[Isembard Took|Isembard]] {{SR|1247}} {{SR|1346}}
* [[Hildibrand Took|Hildibrand]] 1249 – 1334
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* [[Hildibrand Took|Hildibrand]] {{SR|1249}} {{SR|1334}}
* [[Belladonna Took|Belladonna]] 1252 – 1334 ([[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo's]] mother)
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* [[Belladonna Took|Belladonna]] {{SR|1252}} {{SR|1334}} ([[Bilbo Baggins|Bilbo's]] mother)
* [[Donnamira Took|Donnamira]] 1256 – 1348
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* [[Donnamira Took|Donnamira]] {{SR|1256}} {{SR|1348}}
* [[Mirabella Took|Mirabella]] 1260 – 1360
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* [[Mirabella Took|Mirabella]] {{SR|1260}} {{SR|1360}}
* [[Isengar Took|Isengar]] 1262 – 1360
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* [[Isengar Took|Isengar]] {{SR|1262}} {{SR|1360}}
  
In [[Third Age 2848|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 [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] (after Bilbo), that ever lived.
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In [[Third Age 2848|T.A. 2848]] after the death of his father, Gerontius became the twenty-sixth [[Thain]] of the [[Shire]].<ref>{{App|Took}}</ref> He was a friend of [[Gandalf]], who gave him a pair of magic diamond studs, and Gerontius loved his magic fireworks, too.<ref>{{H|Party}}</ref> Gerontius Took reached the impressive age of 130, which made him the oldest [[Hobbits|Hobbit]] until his grandson [[Bilbo Baggins]] celebrated his 131st Birthday.
  
 
==Etymology==
 
==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.
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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.<ref name="RC">{{HM|RC}}, page 54</ref>
  
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]].
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Gerontius was also a Latin name of the Late Roman Empire, and is one of the very few Greco-Latin names appearing in [[Tolkiennymy]].  
  
==References==
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==Inspiration==
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In a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Kloos, Tolkien wrote that when he wrote ''The Hobbit'', he had imagined Bilbo's grandfather to be old, because both of his grandparents were around a hundred years old when they died.<ref name="RC"/>
* {{HM|AC}}, "[[Took Family|Took of Great Smials]]"
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* [[Wayne G. Hammond]], [[Christina Scull]] (eds.), ''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'', page 54
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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, was a renowned Hobbit of the Shire.

Contents

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.[1] He was a friend of Gandalf, who gave him a pair of magic diamond studs, and Gerontius loved his magic fireworks, too.[2] Gerontius Took reached the impressive age of 130, which made him the oldest Hobbit until his grandson Bilbo Baggins celebrated his 131st Birthday.

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.[3]

Gerontius was also a Latin name of the Late Roman Empire, and is one of the very few Greco-Latin names appearing in Tolkiennymy.

Inspiration

In a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Kloos, Tolkien wrote that when he wrote The Hobbit, he had imagined Bilbo's grandfather to be old, because both of his grandparents were around a hundred years old when they died.[3]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, page 54
Preceded by:
Fortinbras Took I
26th Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1248 - 1320
Followed by:
Isengrim Took III