Old Noakes

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Old Noakes
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Old Noakes from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)
Biographical Information
Birthlate Third Age
Physical Description
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Old Noakes was a Hobbit from Bywater.


Noakes was a regular at the Ivy Bush, and a friend of the Gaffer's. He was present at his drink just before Bilbo's Farewell Party. Asking the Gaffer about Frodo Baggins, he thought that he must be more than a half a Brandybuck, openly wondering why anyone should look for a wife in Buckland.[1]


Noake(s) or Noke(s) is a real-life English surname, derived probably from the place-name No(a)ke, etymologized as atten oke "at the oak".[2]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

1992: Der Herr der Ringe (1992 German radio series):

Old Noakes is played by Wolfgang Laugwitz.

2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition)

Old Noakes is present at the Gaffer's conversation, though the setting is moved from the Ivy Bush to the Green Dragon. He is played by William Johnson.

2001-2007: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

Contrary to the film, Decipher identifies a different Hobbit from Bilbo's Party as Old Noakes.

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

Old Noakes sits on a bench just beyond Bywater. Sancho Proudfoot stole his medicinal herbs; retrieving them is a side mission.