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Isumbras Took I

Isumbras Took I
Biographical Information
TitlesThain of the Shire
LocationThe Shire
Birthbefore S.R. 740
Rulefrom S.R. 740
Physical Description

Isumbras Took was a the thirteenth Thain of the Shire.

[edit] History

Isumbras was elected Thain in S.R. 740,[1] after Gorhendad Oldbuck relocated to Buckland.[2] From then on, the Thain was a title held by the Took Family.[3]

[edit] Etymology

"Isumbras" is of French and Anglo-Saxon origin and means "iron-arm". It comes from the French bras meaning "arm", and the Anglo-Saxon and Middle High German word isen which means "iron".[4]

Tolkien likely got the name from Sir Isumbras, an English medieval romance about a man who suffers a lifetime of hardship but who finds happiness in his latter years.


  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, The Fellowship of the Ring, "A Conspiracy Unmasked"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, "Took of Great Smials"
  4. Jim Allan, An Introduction to Elvish, "Giving of Names"
Preceded by:
Gorhendad Oldbuck
13th Thain of the Shire
S.R. 740 - unknown
eventually Isengrim Took II

Thains of the Shire
1. Bucca of the Marish · 2-11. unknown · 12. Gorhendad Oldbuck · 13. Isumbras I · 14-21. unknown (includes: Isengrim I · Ferumbras I · Paladin I · Isumbras II) · 22. Isengrim II · 23. Isumbras III · 24. Ferumbras II · 25. Fortinbras I · 26. Gerontius · 27. Isengrim III · 28. Isumbras IV · 29. Fortinbras II · 30. Ferumbras III · 31. Paladin II · 32. Peregrin I · 33. Faramir I