19 November 2011

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 142: Peregrin Took

Billy Boyd as Pippin in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings

Peregrin (Pippin) Took (b. TA 2990) was a Hobbit of the Shire, and a close friend of Frodo Baggins. After accompanying him to Rivendell in 3018, he became part of the Fellowship of the Ring. He and Merry were captured by Orcs during the Breaking of the Fellowship at Parth Galen; on their way to Isengard, the Orcs were distracted by an attack from the Rohirrim, which allowed Merry and Pippin to escape into the forest of Fangorn. Here they befriended the Ent Treebeard, who led them to Isengard, where Pippin found the Palantír of Orthanc. Curious by nature, Pippin looked into the seeing-stone and was questioned by Sauron. When Gandalf rode with Pippin to Gondor, the Hobbit offered his services to Denethor II, becoming a Guard of the Citadel. During the Siege of Gondor, when a grief-stricken Denethor nearly burned his son Faramir alive, it was Pippin who warned Beregond and Gandalf, thus saving Faramir’s life. He later marched with the Host of the West in the battle at the Black Gate, where he slew a Troll-chief, saving the life of his comrade, Beregond. 

Following the War of the Ring, Pippin was made a knight of Gondor and a King’s messenger by King Elessar. When he returned to the Shire, he helped lead the Hobbits against the Chief’s Men, who had overtaken the land. 

From FO 14-64, Pippin was the thirty-second Thain of the Shire, and a Counsellor of the North Kingdom. For the remainder of his life, he kept in close contact with the outside world. In FO 64, he handed over his Office to his son, Faramir, and rode with Merry to Rohan and Gondor; they died a few years later and were both laid to rest in the House of Kings in Rath Dínen.


Portrayals


In the 1978 animated Lord of the Rings by Ralph Bakshi, Pippin was voiced by Dominic Guard.

He was voiced by Sonny Melendrez in the 1980 animated version of The Return of the King.

John McAndrew voiced the character in the 1981 BBC radio serialisation of The Lord of the Rings.

Pippin was portrayed by Scottish actor Billy Boyd in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

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