Pippin (Peregrin Took)
Place: The Shire
Time Period: Third and Fourth Age
Peregrin Took, more well known as Pippin, was the son of Paladin Took and Eglantine Banks. He lived from Third Age 2990 – Fourth Age c. 65. He had three older sisters, Pervinca, Pimpernal, and Pearl.
He was a regular hobbit in most senses and was befriended by Meriadoc Brandybuck, Samwise Gamgee, and Frodo Baggins, his second cousin one removed on his mother’s side and his third cousin twice removed on his father’s side. So really it was not a surprise that Pippin spied on Frodo with Merry (Meriadoc) and Sam (Samwise) when Frodo started acting strangely. And before Pippin knew it, he was off on an adventure, an official member of the Fellowship.
Pippin and Merry were with the Fellowship through the mines of Moria, and in Lothlórien, but they were carried off by Uruk-hai near the Falls of Rauros. Escaping their captives, Merry and Pippin went into the depths of Fangorn Forest and met Treebeard, the Ent. After drinking Ent draughts and surviving the long Entmoot, Merry and Pippin helped the Ents storm the tower of Isengard. After that, they were reunited with Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn, and Gandalf, their companions from the Fellowship.
After finding the palantir that Saruman had been using, Pippin’s curiosity made him stare into it, and he linked right through to Sauron. After being saved by Gandalf and keeping his title of “Fool of a Took!”, Gandalf took Pippin to Minas Tirith – without Merry. Pippin then swore his service to Denethor, Steward of Gondor and saved Faramir from Denethor’s madness at the funeral pyre, with help from Gandalf.
During the subsequent Battle of the Pelennor Fields, he discovered Merry, wounded after his fight with the Witch-King. Reunited, the two hobbits fought at the Black Gates during the time that Frodo destroyed the Ring.
Returning home, they discovered the Shire was overtaken by Saruman and they fought together for Hobbit freedom. They were now, because of the Ent draughts, Giants among Hobbits.
In the early Fourth Age, Pippin married Diamond of Long Cleeve and they had one son, Faramir Took. After becoming Thain of the Shire, Pippin left the Shire with Merry, never to return. They went to Rohan and then to Gondor where they died, together as friends, and were laid in Rath Dínen with Aragorn and the greatest of Gondor.
Whether he was ‘Ernil i Pheriannath’, Prince of the Halflings, a member of the Fellowship, or just a “Fool of a Took!”, Pippin brought humor and friendship into everything he did.
The Lord of the Rings Weapons and Warfare, by Chris Smith
The Council of Elrond Encyclopedia: Peregrin Took
Research by Fëathoron