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The Took family were a famous Hobbit kin of the Shire. Their ancestral home was the Great Smials of Tookland.

History

The first recorded Took was Isumbras I Took, who became the thirteenth Thain of the Shire after Gorhendad Oldbuck crossed into Buckland, becoming Master there. After Isumbras, the Thain position became hereditary in the Took family, and at the end of the Third Age his descendant Peregrin "Pippin" Took became the 19th Thain of the Took line, the 32nd in the Shire.

The head of the Took clan, usually but not always the Thain, was called 'The Took' and uniquely the title could be held by Hobbit women, including the wife of the previous holder, as was the case with Lalia (Clayhanger) Took.

The Tooks lived in the Great Smials of Tuckborough, ruling Tookland in the Westfarthing of the Shire. A smaller clan called the North-Tooks would settle Long Cleeve and the Northfarthing; these were descendants of the legendary hero Bandobras "Bullroarer" Took. Even as many Hobbit families relocated over time, most Tooks still inhabited the Westfarthing, especially the Tookland.

Tooks were mainly of Fallohide Hobbit stock. They were more ambitious and adventurous than other Hobbits, with a reputation for unusual behavior - qualities valued or respected by few in the Shire. They were also among the richer clans of a very frugal race. Bilbo Baggins and Meriadoc Brandybuck both had Took mothers. The Wizard Gandalf knew many Took figures personally across the Third Age.

It was rumored that one of the Took ancestors had taken a fairy wife in the past, whose blood left the clan not entirely hobbit-like.[1]

Etymology

The meaning of the original term Tûk, of Hobbitish Westron, is unknown. Took is pronounced like 'Luke', not 'book'.

Notable Tooks

Line of Tooks

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Isengrim II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Isumbras III
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ferumbras II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Bandobras Took
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fortinbras II
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
North Tooks
of Long Cleeve
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gerontius Took
   
   
Adamanta Chubb
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Isengrim IIIHildigardIsumbras IVHildigrimIsemboldHildifonsIsembardHildibrandBelladonna Donnamira Mirabella Isengar
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fortinbras IIAdalgrim
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
FlambardSigisimondBilbo
Baggins
   
   
   
   
Primula
Brandybuck
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ferumbras III
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Adelard Took
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Frodo
Baggins
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Three
daughters
   
   
Paladin
II
   
   
Esmeralda
   
   
   
   
   
   
Rosamunda
   
   
   
   
   
   
Ferdinand
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Pearl
   
   
Meriadoc
Brandybuck
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Pimpernel
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fredegar
Bolger
   
   
Estella
   
   
Ferdibrand
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Pervinca
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Peregrin
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Reginard
   
   
Three
daughters
   
   
Everard


References

  1. The Lord of the Rings: Appendix C , "Took of Great Smials"
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