Took clan

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In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, the Took clan (/ˈtk/, not /ˈtʊk/) was one of the most famous Hobbit families.

The first recorded Took (Tûk of unknown meaning in Hobbitish Westron) was an Isumbras Took, who became the 13th 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 Tooks lived in the Great Smials of Tuckborough, ruling Tookland in the Westfarthing of the Shire. A smaller clan called the North-Tooks lived far up in the Northfarthing; these were descendants of the legendary hero Bullroarer Took.

Tooks were mainly of Fallohide Hobbit stock, and were more adventurous than the other Hobbits. They also had quite a reputation for unusual behavior, a quality not exactly valued by most hobbits. For this reason they were seen as less respectable, and for the same reason they were one of the richer clans. The Wizard Gandalf was a known, if disreputable, associate. Bilbo Baggins and Meriadoc Brandybuck both had Took mothers.

In the opening chapter of The Hobbit, Tolkien suggests that a distant Took ancestor took a Fairy for a wife, possibly accounting for their 'unexpected behaviors'. However, he immediately notes that such a supposition was ridiculous.

The Tooks of Great Smials[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isengrim II*
(1020-1122)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isumbras III*
(1066-1159)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ferumras II*
(1101-1201)
 
 
 
Bandobras
(The Bullroarer)
(1104-1206)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fortinbras I* 1145-1320
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gerontius*
(The Old Took)
1190-1320
 
Adamanta Chubb
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isengrim III* (1232-1330)
 
Isumbras IV*
(1238-1339)
 
Hildigrim
(1240-1341)
 
Rosa Baggins
 
Belladonna
 
Bungo Baggins
 
Mirabella (1260-1360)
 
Gorbadoc Brandybuck Seven other Children
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fortinbras II* (1278-1380)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adalgrim (1280-1382)
 
 
 
 
 
Bilbo Baggins
 
 
 
Six Children Primula
 
Drogo Baggins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ferumbras III*
(1316-1415)
 
 
 
Eglantine Banks (1336)
 
Paladin II* (1333-1434)
 
Esmeralda
 
Saradoc Brandybuck
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frodo Baggins
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diamond of Long-Cleave
 
Peregrin I* (1390)
 
 
 
 
 
Meriadoc Brandybuck
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Faramir I*
(1430)
 
Goldilocks Gamgee
 
 
 
 
 

In reality[edit]

References[edit]

  • "Took Family". Encyclopedia of Arda. 
  • Tolkien, J.R.R. (2002). "Anhang C, Ahnentafeln (Appendix C)". Der Herr der Ringe (The Lord of the Rings) (in German) (10th edition ed.). Klett-Cotta. ISBN 3-608-93222-4.