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Pimpernel Took

Location(s): Great Smials

Race/Species: Hobbit

born: III 2979

father: Paladin Took II, Thain of the Shire
mother: Eglantine Banks

Peregrin Took I (Pippin), Thain of the Shire


Pimpernel 1 Took is the daughter of Paladin Took II, Thain of the Shire, and Eglantine Banks, and the sister of Pearl, Pervinca, and Peregrin Took I (Pippin), member of the Fellowship of the Ring and later Thain of the Shire and Counsellor of the North-kingdom.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, Family Trees

1Pimpernel is one of the many flower-names used by Tolkien for female hobbits:
Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis).
Scarlet pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis.
It's obvious that Tolkien, like Bilbo, loved flowers, and it seems he wished to portray the spirit of Shire women through that sweet, occasionally thorny, timeless imagery....

The Plants of Middle-earth: Botany and Sub-creation, by Dinah Hazell, Ch 1, Hobbit Names

Other flower namesakes include Celandine Brandybuck, Pimpernel Took, Asphodel Burrows, and Amaranth Brandybuck, while Salvia Bolger and Myrtle Burrows bear the names of herbs and shrubs.

Ibid., And Others

Scarlet pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis).
The back of a scarlet pimpernel, showing its remarkable star-shaped symmetry.
Anagallis is a genus of about 20–25 species of flowering plants in the myrsine family Myrsinaceae, commonly called pimpernel and perhaps best known for the Scarlet pimpernel referred to in literature.

These are annual or perennial plants, growing in tufts on weedy and uncultivated areas.... The flowers of the different species show miscellaneous colors. They are radially symmetrical with five petals. They grow usually in the leaf axils, but sometimes as short spikes at the top of the stem. Pimpernel flowers remain open only under direct sun-light.

"Anagallis". Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (9 Dec. 2007).
Wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anagallis.

Elena Tiriel 13Jan13, 17Jan13

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