Paladin Took II

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Paladin Took II
Paladin Took from The Lord of the Rings Online
Biographical Information
TitlesThain of the Shire
LocationGreat Smials, Tuckborough
BirthS.R. 1333
RuleS.R. 1415 - 1434
DeathS.R. 1434 (aged 101)
ParentageAdalgrim Took
SpouseEglantine Banks
ChildrenPearl, Pimpernel, Pervinca and Peregrin
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Paladin Took II

Paladin Took II was the thirty-first Thain of the Shire. He was the father of Peregrin Took.

History[edit | edit source]

Family[edit | edit source]

Paladin was born in S.R. 1333 being the son and heir of Adalgrim Took, and a great-grandchild of the Old Took. He married Eglantine Banks, and they had several children together: Pearl (born 1375) followed by Pimpernel (1379) and Pervinca (1385). Peregrin (1390) was younger, but would be Paladin's heir.[1]

Becoming Thain[edit | edit source]

Paladin was a direct descendant of the Old Took, one of his great grandsons. He was member of a junior branch of the Took family, where Hildigrim was head of that branch.[1] He became a farmer, farming the lands around Whitwell near Tuckborough.[2] Never did he expect to become Thain as at the time of his birth the Thainship was in the hands of, Isumbras IV, his great uncle. Isumbras IV's succession appeared secure since he had both a son and grandson, Fortinbras II and Ferumbras III. However, Ferumbras III died without an heir in S.R. 1415 and Fortinbras II had had no other sons, so the Thainship passed to Paladin, the most senior male-line relative.[3]

In S.R. 1401 he attended Bilbo's Farewell Party with his children.[1]

War of the Ring[edit | edit source]

Paladin never agreed with Lotho Sackville-Baggins' attempt to take over the Shire as he believed that if anyone were going to the "Chief" it should be the legitimate Thain of the Shire, therefore Paladin and the other Tooks stood up to Lotho and his Ruffians. The Tooks hid in their deep dwellings of Great Smials, and the ruffians could not get them, and if any ruffians were found in the Tookland they were shot and killed, an act which led the ruffians to become harsher.[4]

At this time, Paladin's son Peregrin and three other hobbits, were lost in the Old Forest by all accounts. Their return was unexpected, but Paladin fully embraced their suggestion to drive out the Ruffians. He sent a hundred Tooks with his son to the Battle of Bywater, and commanded the remainder of his troops cleaning up the area south of the village.[4]

Death[edit | edit source]

Paladin died in S.R. 1434 at the age of 101, and after having been Thain for nineteen years, he was succeeded by his son who became Thain Peregrin I.[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

A "paladin" is a high office which existed in medieval Europe - which entered into many tales - and was a noble office held by an honourable and valiant knight. In particular, a paladin was one of the twelve peers of Charlemagne's court. The term comes from the Latin palatinus which means "of the palace".[5]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

The Old Took
1190 - 1320
Isengrim III
1232 - 1330
Isumbras IV
1238 - 1339
1240 - 1341
Rosa Baggins
1256 - unknown
Fortinbras II
1278 - 1380
1280 - 1382
Ferumbras III
1316 - 1415
3 daughters
1333 - 1434
Eglantine Banks
1336 - unknown
1375 - unknown
1379 - unknown
1385 - unknown
Peregrin I
1390 - 1484+
1382 - 1484+


Paladin Took II
Took Family
Born: S.R. 1333 Died: S.R. 1434
Preceded by:
Ferumbras Took III
31st Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1415 - 1434
Followed by:
Peregrin Took I

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)