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Isengrim Took II

Location(s):
Great Smials

Race/Species: Hobbit

Title(s):
the Took
22nd Thain of the Shire

Dates:
III 2620-2722 (SR 1020-1122)

Parents:
ancestor: Isumbras Took I, 13th Thain of the Shire

Children:
Isumbras Took III, 23rd Thain of the Shire

Description:

Isengrim Took II is the 22nd Thain of the Shire:
2683
Isengrim II becomes tenth Thain 1 and begins the excavation of Great Smials.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

The Shire-folk introduced [to their calendar] one small innovation of their own (eventually also adopted in Bree). which they called Shire-reform. They found the shifting of the weekday names in relation to dates from year to year untidy and inconvenient. So in the time of Isengrim II they arranged that the odd day which put the succession out, should have no weekday name. After that Mid-year's Day (and the Overlithe) was known only by its name and belonged to no week.... In consequence of this reform the year always began on the First Day of the week and ended on the Last Day; and the same date in any one year had the same weekday name in all other years, so that Shire-folk no longer bothered to put the weekday in their letters or diaries. They found this quite convenient at home, but not so convenient if they ever travelled further than Bree.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix D, The Calendars


Notes
1The notation on the family tree, "Took of Great Smials", makes explicit that Isengrim II was tenth Thain of the Took line; however, he was in fact the 22nd Thain since the office was established.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix C, Family Trees

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 30Oct06, 10May10

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