Peregrin Took

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Peregrin Took
"Peregrin Took" by Campbell White
Biographical Information
Other namesPippin
Ernil i Pheriannath
Thain Peregrin I
Razanur Tûk
(see more below)
LocationGreat Smials, Tuckborough
AffiliationFellowship of the Ring
BirthSpring T.A. 2990
RuleFo.A. 13 - 63[1]
DeathBetween Fo.A. 63 and 120[1] (aged 95+)
Notable forAccompanying Frodo Baggins in the early stages of the Ring-quest
Participating in the destruction of Isengard
Looking into the Orthanc-stone
Saving Faramir
Co-leading the Battle of Bywater with Meriadoc Brandybuck
ParentagePaladin Took II and Eglantine Banks
SiblingsPearl, Pimpernel and Pervinca
SpouseDiamond of Long Cleeve
Physical Description
Hair colorAlmost golden[2]
WeaponryDagger of Westernesse
GalleryImages of Peregrin Took

There must be someone with intelligence in the party."
"Then you certainly will not be chosen, Peregrin Took!

Peregrin "Pippin" Took was a Hobbit, the son of Paladin Took. He was the youngest of the four Hobbits in the Fellowship of the Ring, being in his tweens, but grew up quickly and eventually became a Knight of Gondor. Elrond, at least, seemed to doubt his capability for the quest, but Pippin proved to be a loyal and courageous friend.

After the War of the Ring, Peregrin eventually inherited the Thainship in the Shire after his father's death.


He was born in the Third Age 2990 (1390 in Shire Reckoning) to Paladin Took and Eglantine Banks, making him a great-great-grandson of The Old Took. Pippin became Thain in later years, and his father inherited the title in S.R. 1415 from Ferumbras Took III when he died without an heir. Pippin had three older sisters, Pearl Took, Pimpernel Took, and Pervinca Took.[3]

Through his father, Pippin was a first cousin of Merry (the future Master of Buckland), the second cousin once removed of Frodo, and the first cousin twice removed of Bilbo. He was not blood-related to Sam, but Pippin's son Faramir married Sam's daughter Goldilocks in 1463.


When he was young he was a guest at Bilbo's Farewell Party with his family. As his uncle the Thain Ferumbras was childless, Pippin's father, Paladin, became the Thain.[3] Pippin's closest friends were his cousins, Merry Brandybuck and Frodo Baggins[4] (all descendants of the Old Took). Pippin and Merry often wandered at the Marish and used to visit Farmer Maggot; he knew the lands around the Marish and enjoyed the beer of the Golden Perch at Stock.[5]

He was one of the Conspirators, who knew the truth behind Frodo's mysterious behaviour and reasons for departure of the Shire. Along with Merry, Fatty Bolger and Folco Boffin they helped Frodo pack his household and send carts to Crickhollow; they celebrated together his last birthday in Bag End, and stayed with Frodo and Samwise Gamgee when the others left for Buckland.

Travels with Frodo

Three is Company by Anke Eißmann

The next day he accompanied Frodo and Sam to Bucklebury. During the first days of the travel, Pippin was he who complained first for being tired, sleepy or hungry. The next day they encountered Black Riders who were turned away by a company of High Elves led by Gildor, and Pippin greeted them expressing his respect. During their camp he felt he was in a dream, enchanted by the light of their faces and their beautiful voices. Once he fell asleep, the Elves moved and laid him to a soft bed at a bower under the trees.[6]

The other morning he woke up first and wanted to finish off the elven bread if not for Sam's insistence to leave some for him and Frodo. When Frodo woke up they had an argument as Frodo wanted to cut through Marish to avoid any Black Riders, and Pippin regretted for not stopping at Stock.[5]

In Buckland, they joined Merry and Fatty. It was there that Frodo learned about his friends' "conspiracy" and that they did not intend to let him leave The Shire without them. They left the Shire to meet Gandalf in Bree. Pippin's enthusiasm to accompany Frodo is the result of his adventurous 'Tookish' nature as well as his loyalty and friendship to his cousin.

The stuffiness and eeriness of The Old Forest made Pippin the most uncomfortable of the four Hobbits with him becoming more and more suspicious of the intentions of the Forest; Pippin was, however, right to be suspicious as he was trapped by Old Man Willow before being rescued by Tom Bombadil. On the way to Bree, from Tom Bombadil's house, Pippin again fell into misfortune as he was trapped by a Barrow-wight on the Barrow-downs.

Ted Nasmith - Under the Spell of the Barrow-wight

Whilst at The Prancing Pony Pippin began to recklessly tell the story of Bilbo's birthday and subsequent disappearance. In order to prevent information about the Ring being revealed, Frodo started to sing - during the song Frodo fell from the table and the Ring slipped upon his finger. As a result, The Prancing Pony was attacked by the Nazgûl during the night, but the four Hobbits were unharmed thanks to the mysterious Ranger, Strider.

Fellowship of the Ring

When Pippin finally arrived at Rivendell he was concerned that he and Merry would be left behind whilst both Sam and Frodo get to go on the Quest. However, his indignant attitude paid off as Gandalf believed that the friendship between Pippin and the other Hobbits would be beneficial to the Quest.

When in Moria, Pippin incurred the wrath of Gandalf on two separate occasions: Pippin annoyed Gandalf with a foolish question while Gandalf was trying to open the West-gate of Moria; and, when inside the Well-chamber in Moria,[7] Pippin's curiosity got the better of him as he dropped a stone down a well which lead to the the Fellowship hearing the drums in the deep - in doing so Pippin gained the retort, "Fool of a Took!" from Gandalf.

With Treebeard

During the Breaking of the Fellowship, Boromir died defending Merry and Pippin from capture by the Uruk-hai who were taking the Hobbits back to Saruman at Isengard on the mistaken belief that one of them had the Ring. On the journey to Isengard, Pippin displayed intelligence and resourcefulness by cutting his own bonds and leaving his Elven brooch from Lothlórien on the ground for Aragorn to find.

Whilst held captive, Merry and Pippin became aware that the Orc Grishnákh had guessed that they might have the Ring, so they used Grishnákh's greed to untie them and take them away from the other Orcs. When the Rohirrim attacked the Uruk-hai, Grishnákh was killed by a spear and Merry and Pippin were able to escape into Fangorn Forest where they encountered Treebeard and the other Ents.

Wellinghall by Ted Nasmith

Merry and Pippin struck up a friendship with Treebeard, telling him about all that had happened on their journey, whilst Treebeard told the two hobbits about the loss of the Entwives(and much more besides). Treebeard decided to call an Entmoot at Derndingle to decide the Ents' next move. While the Entmoot was going on, Pippin and Merry were left in the care of a 'hasty' Ent named Quickbeam who had already decided to go to battle with the Orcs as many of his tree friends had been killed.

Merry and Pippin marched with the Ents to Isengard where the Ents killed the remaining servants of Saruman, filled the Ring of Isengard with water, and kept Saruman hostage in Orthanc. Whilst sitting on their "field of victory", Merry and Pippin were reunited with Aragorn, Gandalf, Gimli and Legolas with whom they shared some pipe-weed and a meal.

Following Gandalf's confrontation with Saruman, Gríma threw the palantír of Isengard out of the window at Gandalf which Pippin subsequently picked up. After Gandalf took it from him, Pippin remained curious about it, and later remarked to Merry about how he would like to look at it again. Unable to sleep, Pippin was finally overcome by curiosity. He stole the palantír from Gandalf's keeping while he slept, but when he looked into it, he was seen by Sauron who mistakenly believed that Pippin and the Ring were with Saruman in Isengard. After a Nazgul flew by on its Fell beast, Gandalf realized that war was coming soon, and he rode immediately for Minas Tirith, taking Pippin with him for safe keeping.

Guard of the Citadel

Pippin Comforts Merry by Peter Xavier Price

Upon arriving in Minas Tirith, Pippin went with Gandalf to the Citadel and recounted Boromir's death to Denethor, who was Boromir's father as well as the Ruling Steward. In return for Boromir's untimely death, Pippin decided to pledge his allegiance to the grieving Steward and so became a Guard of the Citadel. Pippin befriended Beregond, of the Third Company of the Citadel, who showed him 'round the city and told him the secret passwords and ways of the city, and became good friends with Beregond's son Bergil.

The Pyre of Denethor by Anke Eißmann

Denethor was amused with the Hobbit's manners, especially the way he spoke to him in a very informal and personalized familiar language, as with a close friend or social equal, since the Hobbitish dialect lacked formal forms. Denethor's servants were astonished to this view, and probably gave strength to the rumor that Pippin was of very high social rank within his own country, and soon a wild rumor circulated, that the "Ernil i Pheriannath" had promised 5,000 Hobbits to the defence of the city.

During the Siege of Gondor, Pippin was instrumental in saving Faramir's life. After Faramir had returned from battle, he was badly wounded and suffering from the Black Breath; Denethor looked into the palantír of Minas Tirith and saw the full might of Mordor. Believing that Sauron's forces would prevail in battle, Denethor ordered his servants to set a pyre so both he and Faramir could burn alive, but Pippin was able to fetch Gandalf and Beregond who were both able to help save Faramir.

After the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, Pippin found Merry all in a daze - due to Merry's confrontation with the Witch-king of Angmar - and took him to the Houses of Healing where he was healed by Aragorn. Pippin accompanied the forces of Rohan and Gondor to the Black Gate where he participated in the Battle of the Morannon, and saved Beregond's life by slaying a Troll. Pippin was crushed beneath the troll, but he was pulled out by Gimli who recognized his foot.

Return to the Shire

When Pippin and the other Hobbits returned to The Shire, they were enraged to see what had happened to their peaceful corner of the world. Pippin went off to Tookland to raise up the Tooks in rebellion, and when he returned for the Battle of Bywater he brought 100 strong hobbits with him. Pippin and Merry jointly commanded the Hobbit victory and their names were placed at the top of The Roll commemorating those who fought in the battle.[8]

Pippin meets his future wife.

Pippin and Merry were heroes, and would tell all the other hobbits the stories of their travels to far-off lands. They would often go out abroad wearing their armour (Pippin had remained a Knight of Gondor) and people thought they were lordly - a position likely enforced by their extraordinary height caused by the Ent-draughts (they were at least 4'5'' tall - taller than Bullroarer Took).[9]

In S.R. 1427 (at the age of 37), he married Diamond of Long Cleeve, and they had a child together, Faramir, three years later.[1]


Thain Peregrin I by Gregor Roffalski

In S.R. 1434 (at the age of 44) Pippin succeeded his father Paladin by becoming the 32nd Thain of the Shire, and was also made a Counsellor of the North-kingdom by King Elessar.[1]

In S.R. 1436 King Elessar rode north and met Pippin, Merry and Sam at the Brandywine Bridge. In S.R. 1452 the King, as a gift, added the Westmarch to The Shire, and in S.R. 1462 at Sam's request Pippin appointed Fastred - son-in-law of Sam - as the first Warden of Westmarch.[1]

As Thain, Pippin collected a library of historical information at Great Smials, especially information relating to Númenor and the heirs of Elendil. It was at Great Smials that The Tale of Years was likely put together, with assistance from Merry, although Pippin himself probably didn't write any works. His successors expanded the collection.[10]

In S.R. 1484, at the age of 94 and having been Thain for 50 years, Pippin and Merry passed on their possessions and offices to their sons and left The Shire to visit Rohan where they stayed with King Éomer for his last days. Then they moved to Gondor where they spent their last few years. Their bodies were placed in Rath Dínen; they were later laid beside King Aragorn II following his death in Fo.A. 120 (S.R. 1541).[1]


The Old Took
1190 - 1320
Adamanta Chubb
1240 - 1341
Rosa Baggins
1256 - unknown
numerous children
1280 - 1382
Paladin II
1333 - 1434
Eglantine Banks
3 daughters
Saradoc Brandybuck
1340 - 1432
1336 - unknown
1375 - unknown
1379 - unknown
1385 - unknown
1390 - 1484+
1395 - unknown
1382 - 1484+
1431 - unknown
Faramir I
1430 - unknown

Other names

  • Peregrin - Translation of Pippin's Westron name Razanur,[11] and is derived from Latin and was used for people who wandered. The English word pilgrim is derived from the same root.[12] When he became Thain he was registered as Thain Peregrin I.[3]
  • Pippin - A 'pet-form' related to the Westron abbreviation Razar which is a type of red apple;[11] pippin, also a type of apple, is related to the word pip, perhaps illustrating that Pippin was the youngest member of the Fellowship.
  • Razanur Tûk - Peregrin's true Westron name, which contains the elements raza "stranger" and razan "foreign", and is the name of a legendary traveller.[11]
  • "Fool of a Took" and "Tom-fool of a Took" - given to him by Gandalf for his often mischievous behaviour, and, in particular, for dropping a stone down the well in Moria.[13]
  • Ernil i Pheriannath - Sindarin for "Prince of the Halflings", an erroneous title given to Pippin by the people of Minas Tirith on the belief he must be of high importance to be travelling with Gandalf.[14]
  • Guard of the Citadel - the office Pippin held when he swore fealty to Denethor.[14]
  • Knight of Gondor - a position which Aragorn confirmed Pippin held;[15] it is unclear whether being a Guard of the Citadel equates to being a Knight or if Aragorn elevated him to that position.
  • Counsellor of the North-kingdom - a position granted to Pippin when he became Thain.[1]
See also: Took Family for information on Pippin's surname.

Other versions of the legendarium

In the earliest drafts of The Lord of the Rings (see The History of The Lord of the Rings), Frodo's counterpart Bingo Baggins was accompanied by his Took nephews, Frodo and Odo. They were similar characters but Odo was more limited and unaware than Frodo (Took) while Frodo was "more susceptible to the beauty and otherness of the Elves". Christopher Tolkien speculates that some aspects of Frodo Took have have been preserved in Samwise Gamgee. Through a process that Christopher Tolkien described as "strangely torturous" these characters were gradually folded into the singular character of Peregrin Took.[16]

Portrayal in adaptations

Pippin in adaptations
Pippin in The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)
Pippin in The Return of the King (1980 film)
Billy Boyd as Pippin in The Lord of the Rings (film series)
Pippin in The Lord of the Rings Online

1955: The Lord of the Rings (1955 radio series):

Basil Jones provided the voice of Pippin.

1978: The Lord of the Rings (1978 film):

The part of Peregrin Took voiced by Dominic Guard.

1979: The Lord of the Rings (1979 radio series):

Mac McCaddon provided the voice of Pippin.

1980: The Return of the King (1980 film):

Pippin was voiced by the American actor Sonny Melendrez.

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

Pippin was voiced by John McAndrew.

1992: BBC Radio's Tales from the Perilous Realm:

The role of Pippin is played by David Learner.

2001-03: The Lord of the Rings (film series):

Billy Boyd played Pippin. His characterization differed from the book, as he was more heavily relied upon for comic relief in the movies than in the book. Frodo's move to Crickhollow and the conspiracy are both omitted, so Pippin and Merry instead become entangled in the Quest of the Ring by accident when they run into Frodo and Sam while raiding Farmer Maggot's crop, neither of them having any prior knowledge of the One Ring or Frodo's quest.

2001-2003: Pán prsteňov (2001-2003 Slovak radio series):

The voice of Peregrin Took is provided by Robert Roth. He is addressed almost exclusively by his nickname Pippin. Roth portrays Pippin as resourceful, but a bit of a rascal and happy-go-lucky, befitting his position as the youngest and least experienced hobbit of the quartet.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

James Arnold Taylor provides the voice of Pippin. He is the comic relief character, and his jokes are primarily centered on food.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

The player catches up with Pippin at several points in his journey: in Rivendell, at Cerin Amroth in Lothlorien, at the ruins of Isengard, and in Minas Tirith. The adventures of Merry and Pippin from after being captured by the Uruks up to the destruction of Isengard by the Ents are related in a series of Session Plays. After the destruction of the Ring but before the departure of the Fellowship from Minas Tirith, Merry and Pippin become involved in additional adventures in Gondor and Mordor.

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "Later Events Concerning the Members of the Fellowship of the Ring"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: XI. The Epilogue", p. 115
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Shadow of the Past"
  5. 5.0 5.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Short Cut to Mushrooms"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Three is Company"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Chronology of The Lord of the Rings, p. 40
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Concerning Hobbits"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "II. The Appendix on Languages"
  12. Jim Allan, An Introduction to Elvish, The Giving of Names
  13. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Journey in the Dark"
  14. 14.0 14.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  15. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "Many Partings"
  16. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The First Phase: II. From Hobbiton to the Woody End, [Untitled final section]"
Peregrin Took I
Took Family
Born: T.A. 2990 Died: Between Fo.A. 63 and 120
Preceded by:
Paladin Took II
32nd Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1434 - 1484
Followed by:
Faramir Took I
Position established
Counsellor of the North-kingdom
S.R. 1434 - 1484

Members of the Fellowship of the Ring
Frodo · Sam · Merry · Pippin · Gandalf · Aragorn · Legolas · Gimli · Boromir
Route of the Fellowship of the Ring
Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen · Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest · Rohan · Edoras · Hornburg · Isengard · Dunharrow · Paths of the Dead · Gondor · Hill of Erech · Lamedon · Linhir · Lebennin · Pelargir · Minas Tirith · Osgiliath · Cross-roads · Ithilien · Dagorlad · Black Gate · Field of Cormallen · Cair Andros · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen
Frodo and Sam
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen · Emyn Muil · Dead Marshes · Black Gate · Ithilien · Henneth Annûn · Cross-roads · Morgul Vale · Stairs of Cirith Ungol · Cirith Ungol · Shelob's Lair · Tower of Cirith Ungol · Mordor · Morgai · Plateau of Gorgoroth · Mount Doom · Field of Cormallen · Cair Andros · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Celebdil† · Lothlórien · Fangorn Forest · Edoras · Hornburg · Isengard · Rohan · Anórien · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Osgiliath · Cross-roads · Ithilien · Dagorlad · Black Gate · Field of Cormallen · Cair Andros · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Parth Galen · Amon Hen · Emyn Muil · Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest · Wellinghall · Derndingle · Isengard · Hornburg · Dunharrow · Drúadan Forest · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Rivendell · Eregion · Caradhras · Moria · Lothlórien · Caras Galadhon · Anduin · Amon Hen · Parth Galen · Emyn Muil · Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest · Wellinghall · Derndingle · Isengard · Rohan · Anórien · Gondor · Minas Tirith · Osgiliath · Cross-roads · Ithilien · Dagorlad · Black Gate · Field of Cormallen · Gondor · Cair Andros · Minas Tirith · Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard
Thains of the Shire
Bucca of the Marish (from S.R. 379) · 10 unknown Oldbucks · Gorhendad Oldbuck (until S.R. 740) · Isumbras I (from S.R. 740) · 8 unknown Tooks (includes: Isengrim I · Ferumbras I · Paladin I · Isumbras II) · Isengrim II (S.R. 1083 - 1122) · Isumbras III (1122 - 1159) · Ferumbras II (1159 - 1201) · Fortinbras I (1201 - 1248) · Gerontius (1248 - 1320) · Isengrim III (1320 - 1330) · Isumbras IV (1330 - 1339) · Fortinbras II (1339 - 1380) · Ferumbras III (1380 - 1415) · Paladin II (1415 - 1434) · Peregrin I (1434 - 1484) · Faramir I (from 1484)
The Lord of the Rings film series
Source material: The Hobbit · The Lord of the Rings
Films The Fellowship of the Ring (extended editionThe Two Towers (extended edition) · The Return of the King (extended edition)
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