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Peregrin Took

Appears in:

Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, Return of the King

Other names



A hobbit more commonly known as Pippin and the son of Palladin II Took and Eglantine Banks. He was a cousin of Meriadoc Brandybuck. When Frodo left the shire for Revendell with Sam, he thought he was leaving in secret. Pippin, his cousin Merry and their friend Fredegar Bolger discovered the plan and decided to help. Merry and Pippin joined Frodo and Sam for the journey and later became a part of the Fellowhip sent out to destroy the ring. Pippin was about 28 at the time (roughly the equivalent of a 19 year old human).

Pippin and Merry became separated from the others when they were captured by a band of orcs, who were hoping one of them might be the hobbit (Frodo) that Sauron and Saruman were both looking for. After escaping from the orcs, they met up with Treebeard and convinced he and the other Ents to join the fight against Saruman. During their time with the ents, they both grew unusually large and strong for hobbits due the the drink of the Ents.

Pippin was unfortunate enough to come face to face with the Dark Lord Sauron, when he looked in to one of the Palantír stones. After that dangerous experience, Gandalf took him with him to Minas Tirith in Gondor.

When Pippin met Denethor, the steward of Gondor, Denthor asked him a great deal about his son Boromir who had died saving Pippin's life. Pippin felt such gratitude towards Boromir and his people that he offered his services and became a soldier of Gondor. During the battle of the Pelenor Fields, Pippin recognised the madness that had come over Denethor and was able to stop him from killing his son Faramir. Denethor himself couldn't be saved despite Gandalf and Pippin's best efforts. After that battle took place, Pippin went with an army led by Aragorn to challenge Sauron (in an effort to draw Sauron's attention away from Frodo and the Ring). He alone represented the people of the Shire in the battle at the black gate and he single handedly killed a black troll chieftain.

After the war was ended, the hobbits returned to the Shire to find it over-run by Saruman's half-orc thugs. Pippin was one of the leaders who helped the hobbits fight against their foes. He was responsible for bringing a hundred Tooks to join the battle. He frequently wore his Gondor soldier's uniform and armour to the delight of his fellow hobbits. In later years he became the Thain of the Tooks and married Diamond of Long Cleeve. His son Faramir (named after his friend the Steward of Gondor) later married Goldilocks, the daughter of Sawise Gamgee. King Ellesar of Gondor appointed him as a counsellor of the Northern Kingdom. In the last years of his life, he and Merry travelled to Gondor to be with their old friend King Elessar (Aragorn). After they died, they were laid to rest among the rulers of Gondor. When Aragorn died almost 60 years later, their bodies were laid beside his in great honour.

Billy BoydThe character of Pippin was played in the Peter Jackson film by Billy Boyd.

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