Elrond’s heart forbade him going with the Fellowship; Gandalf encouraged him to throw himself down a well as a preventative measure against stupidity.

Tomorrow, in the Hall of Fire, we discuss Pippin Took: Bold, hard halfling or piece of luggage?

Pippin, as Peregrin Took was universally known, was the youngest (and perhaps most reluctantly accepted) of the Fellowship. He was only twenty-eight when he set out with Frodo and Sam from Bag End on the first part of their great journey — quite young for a Hobbit.

What does this say about the character of Peregrin Took?

Initially, Pippin seemed singularly unsuited to the long, dangerous journey. Early on, we see him calling for rests, complaining about the lack of food and generally acting more like he’s part of a Sunday stroll through the Shire than a dangerous trek with an uncertain ending.

However, things change at Henneth Annun. Through the sacrifice of Boromir, his subsequent captivity with the orcs of the White Hand and subsequent events with the Palantir and Denethor, we see a wiser, les naive Pippin merge – the future Thain of the Shire.

What was Pippin’s purpose in the Fellowship, and indeed his role in the greater arena of the War of the Ring? Was it a simply a case of making up the numbers? Or something more?

Join us tomorrow in HOF, January 28 at 5PM EST (New York time) when we’ll ask all these questions and more as we delve into the character of the youngest member of the fellowship of the ring!

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  1. Anonymous

    Pippin was what every long class needs: a class clown. Pippin was inquisitive and fun-loving, and brought a ray of sunlight breaking through the gloomy clouds of such a serious mission.

  2. Thain of Westfarthing

    Demo, you said in this post, “However, things change at Henneth Annun.”  I believe you meant that Pippin changed at Amon Hen, or Parth Galen.  I don’t think Pippin ever went to Henneth Annun (although the Field of Cormallen may not have been too far from there).

  3. Lord Whiteman

    Pippin was Sam, Merry and Frodo’s friend.  Friends don’t let friends go on adventures without lending a hand.

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