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Paladin Took II

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Paladin Took II
Biographical Information
BirthS.R. 1333
DeathS.R. 1434
ParentageAdalgrim Took
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.




Paladin was born in S.R. 1333 being the only son, and fourth child, of Adalgrim Took, and a great-grandchild of the Old Took. He married Eglantine Banks, and they had four children together, three daughters and a son. The eldest was Pearl (born 1375) followed by Pimpernel (1379) and Pervinca (1385). Their youngest child was Peregrin (1390), who would be Paladin's heir.[1]

Becoming Thain

Paladin was a direct descendent of the Old Took, but not in a direct line.[1] He became a farmer, farming the lands around Whitwell near Tuckborough.[2] Never did he expect to become Thain as the Thainship had passed to the descendants of the Old Took's second son, Isumbras IV. Isumbras's grandson Ferumbras III died without an heir in S.R. 1415, so the Thainship passed to Paladin, his nearest male-line relative, who was the grandson of the Old Took's third son Hildigrim.[3]

War of the Ring

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]


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]


A "paladin" is a high office which existed in medieval Europe - which entered into many tales - and was noble office held by a 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]


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+


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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, The Return of the King, "Minas Tirith"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 214, (undated, written late 1958 or early 1959)
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Scouring of the Shire"
  5. Jim Allan (ed.), An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"
Preceded by:
Ferumbras Took III
31st Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1415 - 1434
Followed by:
Peregrin Took