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Isengrim Took I

Isengrim Took I
Biographical Information
TitlesThain of the Shire
LocationThe Shire
Birthbetween S.R. 1 and S.R. 1101
Deathbetween S.R. 1 and S.R. 1101
Physical Description

Isengrim Took I was a Hobbit of the Shire who held the position of Thain some time between S.R. 740 and S.R. 1083.


[edit] History

There are no direct records of Isengrim I but he was evidently the namesake of Isengrim II.[1] Isengrim I's reign as Thain came between the beginning of the Took line of Thains in S.R. 740 and the reign of Isengrim II, which began in S.R. 1083, after which there were no gaps in the Took family's genealogy.[2]

[edit] Etymology

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

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.[3]



  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. 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
Thains of the Shire
1. Bucca of the Marish · 2-11. unknown · 12. Gorhendad Oldbuck · 13. Isumbras I · 14-21. unknown (includes: Isengrim I · Ferumbras I · Paladin I · Isumbras II) · 22. Isengrim II · 23. Isumbras III · 24. Ferumbras II · 25. Fortinbras I · 26. Gerontius · 27. Isengrim III · 28. Isumbras IV · 29. Fortinbras II · 30. Ferumbras III · 31. Paladin II · 32. Peregrin I · 33. Faramir I