Peregrin Took

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Peregrin Took, usually referred to as Pippin, is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth world, appearing as a main character in The Lord of the Rings.

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Biography

Pippin was a Hobbit from the Shire. He was born in T.A. 2990 as the fouth child of Paladin Took II, Thain of the Shire, and Eglantine Banks. He had three elder sisters. He was first cousin of Meriadoc Brandybuck, and also relative of Frodo Baggins, both of which were also close friends to him.

Pippin was one in the small group of Frodo's friends knowing about the One Ring and Frodo's departure for Rivendell. He was the youngest of the group, not yet having 'come of age', and was cheerful, curious and sometimes a bit thoughtless. He later became part of the Fellowship of the Ring, against the counsel of Elrond. In Moria he threw a stone down a deep well, which probably alerted the Orcs to their whereabouts. At Amon Hen he and Merry were kidnapped by Saruman's Orcs. At the border of the Fangorn Forest they managed to free themselves and escape into the wood, where they met the Ent Treebeard. They went with him on the Last March of the Ents, and witnessed the destruction of Isengard. There they met Gandalf and the remaining members of the Fellowship who came with King Théoden of Rohan. At Isengard, it was Pippin who picked up the palantír of Orthanc thrown by Gríma; this later compelled him to steal it from Gandalf while he slept, and looking into the palantír was interrogated by Sauron. Gandalf revived him and, telling him that not much harm was done, the group nevertheless had to break camp.

The hobbits were separated when Merry went with King Théoden and Pippin went with Gandalf to Minas Tirith, capital of Gondor. At Minas Tirith, Pippin met the Steward Denethor, and entered into the service of the city as member of the Guards of the Citadel. Later he witnessed Denethor being driven to despair and madness, finally moving to burn himself and his feverish son Faramir at the Tombs of the Stewards in Rath Dínen. Pippin ran to get Gandalf, who was able to save Faramir but not his father. Pippin was present at the Battle of the Morannon, where he was able to slay a troll to save the life of his friend Beregond, before being knocked unconscious.

After the war he was made a Knight of Gondor by King Elessar. After his return home, he played a leading role in the Scouring of the Shire. Pippin married Diamond of Long Cleeve, with whom he had at least one son, Faramir Took, who later married Samwise Gamgee's daughter Goldilocks. Pippin later succeded his father as Thain of the Shire. In his old age he and Merry went back to Rohan and Gondor, were they died a short time after the year F.A. 64, upon which they were laid to rest among the Kings of Gondor in Rath Dínen.[1]

Adaptions

In Peter Jackson's film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings, Pippin is played by Scottish actor Billy Boyd.

References

  1. "1484 [...] Then he and Thain Peregrin went to Gondor and passed what short years were left to them in that realm, until they died and were laid in Rath Dínen among the great of Gondor. [...] 1541 [...] It is said that the beds of Meriadoc and Peregrin were set beside the bed of the great king." - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B The Tale of Years

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