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Isumbras Took IV

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Isumbras Took IV
Biographical Information
TitlesThain of the Shire
LocationGreat Smials, Tuckborough
BirthS.R. 1238
RuleS.R. 1330 - 1339
DeathS.R. 1339 (aged 101)
ParentageGerontius Took and Adamanta Chubb
SiblingsIsengrim, Hildigard, Hildigrim, Isembold, Hildifons, Isembard, Hildibrand, Belladonna, Donnamira, Mirabella and Isengar
Physical Description

Isumbras Took IV was the twenty-eighth Thain of the Shire.


Isumbras was the third child, and second son, of Thain Gerontius. His father's office passed to his elder brother Isengrim III, but because of their father's longevity, Isengrim's reign did not last long. As he left no heir, Isumbras became Thain at the age of ninety-two, even older than his brother was. He served for nine years before he died, and the office passed to his son Fortinbras II.[1]


"Isumbras" is of French and Anglo-Saxon origin and means "iron-arm". It comes from the French bras meaning "arm", and the Anglo-Saxon and Middle High German word isen which means "iron".[2]

Tolkien likely got the name from Sir Isumbras, an English medieval romance about a man who suffers a lifetime of hardship but who finds happiness in his latter years.


Fortinbras I
1145 - 1248
The Old Took
1190 - 1320
Adamanta Chubb
Isengrim III
1232 - 1330
(died young)
1238 - 1339
9 children
Lalia Clayhanger
1283 - 1402
Fortinbras II
1278 - 1380
Ferumbras III
1316 - 1415


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  2. Jim Allan, An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"
Isumbras Took IV
Took Family
Born: S.R. 1238 Died: S.R. 1339
Preceded by:
Isengrim Took III
28th Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1330 - 1339
Followed by:
Fortinbras Took II