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Isengrim Took II

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Isengrim Took II
Biographical Information
TitlesThain of the Shire
LocationGreat Smials, Tuckborough
BirthS.R. 1020
RuleS.R. 1083 - 1122 (39 years)
DeathS.R. 1122 (aged 102)
ChildrenIsumbras Took III
Physical Description

Isengrim Took II was the twenty-second Thain of the Shire.


Isengrim II became Thain in T.A. 2683 and begun to excavate the Great Smials in Green Hill Country, which would be the Thain's seat for generations to come.[1]

During his service the Shire-reform was established in the Shire-reckoning, after which every year of the Shire Calendar would always begin in Sterday.[2]

Thainship passed on to his son, Isumbras III.[3]


"Isengrim" is of Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from isen meaning "iron" and grim meaning "fierce".

It is likely Isengrim is named after an earlier Isengrim, but it is notable that "Isengrim" is the name of a wolf who appears in many medieval epics, including the story of Reynard the Fox which originated in French folklore.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, "The Calendars"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Nomenclature of The Lord of the Rings" in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 760
Isengrim Took II
Took Family
Born: S.R. 1020 Died: S.R. 1122
Last known:
Isumbras Took I
22nd Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1083 - 1122
Followed by:
Isumbras Took III