|Other names||Old Took|
|Location||Great Smials, Tuckborough|
|Birth||S.R. 1190 |
|Death||S.R. 1320 |
|Parentage||Fortinbras Took I|
|Gallery||Images of Gerontius Took|
- Isengrim III S.R. 1232 – S.R. 1330
- Hildigard S.R. 1235 – S.R. 1255
- Isumbras IV S.R. 1238 – S.R. 1339
- Hildigrim S.R. 1240 – S.R. 1341
- Isembold S.R. 1242 – S.R. 1346
- Hildifons S.R. 1244 – ?
- Isembard S.R. 1247 – S.R. 1346
- Hildibrand S.R. 1249 – S.R. 1334
- Belladonna S.R. 1252 – S.R. 1334 (Bilbo's mother)
- Donnamira S.R. 1256 – S.R. 1348
- Mirabella S.R. 1260 – S.R. 1360
- Isengar S.R. 1262 – S.R. 1360
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, 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 oldest Hobbit until his grandson Bilbo Baggins celebrated his 131st Birthday.
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.
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.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "An Unexpected Party"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, page 54
Fortinbras Took I
|26th Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1248 - 1320
Isengrim Took III