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Isumbras Took IV

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Isumbras Took IV
Biographical Information
LocationGreat Smials
BirthS.R. 1238
DeathS.R. 1339
ParentageGerontius Took
Adamanta Chubb
Physical Description
Isumbras Took IV (born in S.R. 1238) was the third child of Gerontius, the Old Took and Adamanta Chubb and he succeeded to the Thainship at the age of ninety-two in S.R. 1330 after the death of his eldest brother, Isengrim III.

The Old Took lived to an old age of 130, a record in Hobbit history, and was Thain for seventy-two of those years. Because of this, Isengrim III didn't inherit the title until he was eighty-eight in S.R. 1320 and reigned for only ten years.

Isengrim III left no heir - and as far as we know, never married - so the Thainship passed to Isumbras IV who became the 28th Thain of The Shire and 16th in the Took line. Due to Isumbras's old age he only reigned for nine years, dying at the age of 101 in S.R. 1339; he was succeeded by his son, Fortinbras.


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


"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" (c.f. Isengard and the modern German word, Eisen).

Tolkien undoubtedly 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. The name may a nod towards the fact Isumbras IV didn't become Thain until he was ninety-two, although internally he may have been named after one of the earllier Isumbrases.


Preceded by:
Isengrim Took III
28th Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1330 - 1339
Followed by:
Fortinbras Took II