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Gerontius Took

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[[Thain]] of the [[Shire]], famed for his great age, for which reason he was popularly known as the [[Old Took]].
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'''Geontius Took''' ([[Third Age|T.A.]] 2790 - 2920, died aged 130), also called "[[Old Took]]", was the only son of Fortinbras Took I. Gerontius married [[Adamanta Chubb]], who gave birth to thirteen children. One of these children was [[Bilbo Baggins]]' mother [[Belladonna Took]]. [[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, 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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==Etymology==
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The word element '''geron''' is latin for ''old''. [[J. R. R. Tolkien]] used the name '''Gerontius''' not, because of the Hobbit's age, but because of his numerous and younger relatives.
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==References==
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*''[[The Hobbit]]'', First Chapter: ''[[An Unexpected Party]]''
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*''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', [[Appendix C]]: ''[[Took Family|Took of Great Smials]]''
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*''[[The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion]]'', First Chapter: ''[[A Long-expected Party]]'' (p. 54)
  
 
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Revision as of 18:16, 28 August 2008

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

Geontius Took (T.A. 2790 - 2920, died aged 130), also called "Old Took", was the only son of Fortinbras Took I. Gerontius married Adamanta Chubb, who gave birth to thirteen children. One of these children was Bilbo Baggins' mother Belladonna Took. 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, 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 latin for old. J. R. R. Tolkien used the name Gerontius not, because of the Hobbit's age, but because of his numerous and younger relatives.

References