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Isengrim Took III

The name Isengrim refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Isengrim (disambiguation).
Isengrim Took III
Biographical Information
TitlesThain of the Shire
LocationGreat Smials, Tuckborough
BirthS.R. 1232
RuleS.R. 1320 - 1330 (10 years)
DeathS.R. 1330 (aged 98)
ParentageGerontius Took and Adamanta Chubb
SiblingsHildigard, Isumbras, Hildigrim, Isembold, Hildifons, Isembard, Hildibrand, Belladonna, Donnamira, Mirabella and Isengar
Physical Description
Isengrim Took III was the twenty-seventh Thain of the Shire.

[edit] History

The eldest son of the Old Took, Isengrim's rule was noticeably short. He was already near his nineties when he became Thain, and died ten years later. As he had no children of his own, his brother Isumbras became the new Thain.[1]

[edit] Etymology

"Isengrim" is of Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from isen meaning "iron" and grim meaning "fierce".

It is likely Isengrim is named after an earlier Isengrim, but it is notable that "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.[2]

[edit] Genealogy

Fortinbras I
1145 - 1248
The Old Took
1190 - 1320
Adamanta Chubb
1232 - 1330
(died young)
Isumbras IV
1238 - 1339
9 children
Lalia Clayhanger
1283 - 1402
Fortinbras II
1278 - 1380
Ferumbras III
1316 - 1415

Isengrim Took III
Took Family
Born: S.R. 1232 Died: S.R. 1330
Preceded by:
Gerontius Took
27th Thain of The Shire
S.R. 1320 - 1330
Followed by:
Isumbras Took IV


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  2. 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