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Gerontius Took, more commonly known as The Old Took, was a Hobbit of the Shire and the twenty-sixth Thain of the Shire. He was best known for being the third oldest Hobbit in Middle-earth's history, living to the ripe old age of 130 years. Only Bilbo and Gollum, whose lifetimes were prolonged by the powers of the Ring, lived longer.


The Old Took in his younger years

Gerontius was a friend of Gandalf, and was a direct ancestor to the majority of the famous Hobbits. His great-uncle in the Took family was the renowned and large Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took. In The Hobbit, it is revealed that Gandalf once gave him "a pair of magic diamond studs that fastened themselves and never came undone till ordered."

Gerontius married Adamanta Chubb and had twelve children; eight sons: Isengrim III, Isumbras IV, Hildigrim (great-grandfather to Peregrin Took and Meriadoc Brandybuck), Isembold, Hildifons, Isembard, Hildibrand (great-grandfather to Fredegar Bolger), and Isengar; and four daughters: Hildigard, Belladonna (mother to Bilbo Baggins), Donnamira, and Mirabella (grandmother to Frodo Baggins). He was Thain for 72 years at the time of his death in TA 2920 (SR 1320).[2]

Line of Tooks

Gerontius Took
Rosa Baggins
Adalgrim Took
Paladin II
Eglantine Banks
Three daughters
Peregrin I
Faramir I
Goldilocks Gardner


The name Gerontius likely derives from the Greek γέρων (gérōn), meaning "old man" or "elder," plus the Latinate suffix "-ius." This is consistent with his status as the third eldest Hobbit (and the eldest Hobbit that did not have his age supernaturally extended).

Appearances in the Books and Films

In the books

In the films

Portrayal in adaptations

The Hobbit film trilogy

Gerontius "The Old" Took was portrayed by Dan Hennah in the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Video games

The Old Took was mentioned in the portable version of LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game


Foreign Language Translated name
Armenian Գերոնտիոս "Հին Տուկ" Տուկ
Belarusian Cyrillic Геронцій "Стары Тук" Тук
Bulgarian Cyrillic Геронтиус "Стар Тук" Тук
Chinese 傑龍提斯·圖克 (老·圖克)
Danish Gerontius "Den Gamle" Toker
Dutch Gerontius "Oud Toek" Toek
Estonian Gerontius "Vana Tukk" Tukk
Finnish Gerontius "Vanha Tuk" Tuk
French Gérontius "Vieux Touque" Touque
Galician Gerontius "Antigo Tuc" Tuc
German Gerontius "Alter Tuk" Tuk
Hebrew גרונטיוס "ישן טוק" טוק
Hungarian Tuk Gerontius (Régi Tuk)
Italian Gerontius "Vecchio Tuc" Tuc
Japanese ゲロンティウス・トゥック (古い・トゥック)
Latin Gerontius "Tucorum Vetus" Tucorum
Norwegian Gerontius "Gamle Token" Toker

Gerontius "Gammel-Tóken" Tók

Persian گهرونتیوس "قدیمی توک" توک
Polish Gerontius "Stary Tuk" Tuk
Russian Геронтиус "Старый Тук" Тук
Slovenian Gerontius "Stari Tuk" Tuk
Spanish Gerontius "El viejo Tuk" Tuk
Ukrainian Cyrillic Геронтій "Старий Tuk" Tuk
Thain of The Shire
Preceded by
Fortinbras Took I
Gerontius Took Succeeded by
Isengrim Took III
TA 2848 - TA 2920


  1. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C: Family Trees, Took of Great Smials