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Isengrim Took II

The name Isengrim refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Isengrim (disambiguation).
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.

[edit] History

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]

During this period also Meriadoc Brandybuck reckoned that pipe-weed was first cultivated in the Southfarthing by Tobold Hornblower [3]

Thainship passed on to his son, Isumbras III.[4]

[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.[5]


  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, "Prologue"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  5. 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

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)