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Pippin was the youngest friend of Frodo Baggins to join him in the journey to Rivendell and later in the Company of the Ring. He was captured several times along the way, once by Old Man Willow, then by the Barrow-Wight and lastly by orcs at Parth Galen. His escape from the orcs, along with his best friend Merry, led them into contact with Treebeard in Fangorn Forest. The news they brought the old Ent led Treebeard to lead an assault on Isengard. After the fall of Saruman, Pippin and Merry were reunited with most of the Company and, after a close call while peering into a palantir, Pippin was rushed off to Gondor by Gandalf. There he was made a member of the Guard of the Citadel of Minas Tirith, and in that position he was able to summon Gandalf to the aid of Faramir when Denethor went mad and tried to kill him. When the Battle of the Pelennor Fields was over, Pippin accompanied the armies of Gondor to the Black Gate and slew a great troll-chief. After the crowning of Elessar, Pippin returned to the Shire and helped drive out Sharkey’s Men with the aid of his family clan. He then got married, became a father, and became the Thain of the Shire, a position he held until 4thA 64. In that year he turned over his office and his posessions to his son and, together with his old friend Merry, traveled again to Gondor where, after a few short years, he was laid to rest beside King Elessar.
As the son of the Thain of the Shire and a relative of Bilbo Baggins, Pippin, as he was called by everyone, most likely attended the famous farewell Party. He had been in and out of Bag End for years visiting Bilbo, and already knew Frodo, 22 years his senior, very well. After Bilbo’s disappearance, Frodo became the Master of Bag End and, as Pippin’s visits continued over the years, the two hobbits became fast friends. Along with Meriadoc Brandybuck and Fredegar Bolger (and later Samwise Gamgee), they formed a close-knit group of trusted companions.
Pippin and his friends formed a conspiracy to aid Frodo in his quest to remove the Ring from the Shire. He helped pack Frodo’s belongings for the move to Crickhollow and accompanied Frodo and Sam on the walk to Buckland. When they reached the Marish, his friendship with Farmer Maggot made their run-in with the old hobbit more pleasant than it might have.
Beyond the Shire, Pippin’s luck wasn’t so good at first. He was trapped by Old Man Willow and then by the Barrow-wight, rescued both time by Tom Bombadil. But the last event did win him a weapon – a blade of Westernesse. Through the long leagues of Eriador his good temperment and cheerful disposition helped the party in their trek.
At last he and the hobbits, led by Strider, made it to Rivendell where the Council of Elrond was held. At first, Pippin was not among those selected to accompany Frodo on his quest. Instead, it was hoped that he would return to the Shire to alert the hobbits of their danger. But Pippin insisted on joining the Company of the Ring until Elrond at last relented and allowed him to join the Quest.
He somwhat regretted his determination to join the party when he nearly froze to death during the attemped crossing of the Redhorn Gate pass. But his good mood returned once they decended the mountain. In fact, his inquistiveness got him in hot water with Gandalf when he throw a stone into a deep well while in Moria. It is possible that the sound of the stone alerted the orcs, trolls and Balrog to their presence in the Dwarven mines.
Upon entering Lothlórien, Pippin proved very nimble and athletic when he easily crossed the rope bridge of the the Elves. Later as the Company was leaving the Golden Wood everyone received elven cloaks from the rulers of Lórien. Pippin also got a silver belt with a clasp wrought like a golden flower.
Pippin and Merry became separated from the other members of the Company during the fighting at Parth Galen. Boromir rushed to their aid but was overcome by the sheer of orcs. The orcs grabbed Pippin and Merry and immediately began running towards Isengard. The barrow-swords were left behind.
Forced to run with the orc pack, Pippin managed to free his hands and make a mad sprint for freedom. He was quickly caught, but not until he dropped the brooch of his elven cloak as a sign for the pursuers that he hoped were following. He was promised punishment for the attempted escape, but it never came, for the orcs were surrounded by the horsemen of Rohan. Grishnâhk attempted to avoid the Rohirrim and escape with the two hobbits, but Pippin tricked the orc into thinking that he possessed the Ring. Before Grishnâhk could determine if Pippin did have the prize, he was slain by horseman riding up in the dark. The two hobbits were left alone in the night.
Deep in Fangorn Forest, Pippin and Merry met Treebeard. After the Ent heard the story of their capture and escape he determined that the news must be shared with the other Ents of the Forest. The following meeting stirred the Ents to war against Saruman at Isengard, and soon Pippin found himself on the shoulder of Treebeard as he marched towards the Wizard’s Vale.
At Isengard, Pippin witnessed the awesome destructive power of angry Ents. He and Merry were nearly drowned when Treebeard ordered the ring of Isengard flooded. They survived though and were soon reunited with Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas and the returned Gandalf.
At the tower of Orthanc, Pippin recovered the palantir that Wormtongue threw from above. He only looked into it for a moment, but that one glance was enough to make him steal it from Gandalf later that night. But when he looked into the device he was immediately dominated by Sauron who mistakenly thought it was Saruman. Pippin barely survived the ordeal.
To ensure Pippin did not try anything else foolish Gandalf gave the palantir to Aragorn and took Pippin with him to Minas Tirith. Once there, Pippin was made a member of the Guard of the Citadel and met Beregond and Bergil. It was his friendship with Beregond that later saved the life of Faramir when Beregond, at Pippin’s urging, left his post and rescued Faramir from certain death at the hands of his own father, Denethor.
As the Battle of the Pelennor Fields wound down Pippin found Merry wandering about in the fourth circle of the city and brought him to the Houses of Healing. After the Battle he accompanied the armies of Gondor to the Black Gate. There he faced and slew a troll-chief before he was buried beneath the troll’s falling body. Fortunately Gimli found the hobbit and dug him out from beaneath the monster.
After the war Pippin returned to the Shire with his friends and found it occupied by Sharkey’s Men. He gathered up his relatives from Tookland and returned to Bywater just in time to participate in the Battle of Bywater.
In 4thA 7 he married Diamond of Longcleeve. Three years later their son Faramir was born. In 4thA 14 he was made the Thain of the Shire and named a Counsellor of the Northern Kingdom. He held these positions for many years until in 4thA 64 he handed over his offices to his son and, together with his old friend Merry, he traveled one last time to Gondor where he was laid to rest after a few short years.
REF: [PRO]29, 35, 36 [I]65, 95, 153, 184 [II]330, 335, 410, 442 [III]18, 20, 26, 31, 44, 59, 80, 87, 110-111, 138, 147, 148, 187, 190, 223, 322 [A]349 [B] 432-433 [C]
b. = born d. = died F.A = Fourth Age fl. = flourished
T.A. = Third Age WoR = War of the Ring S. = Sindarin C.S. = Common Speech
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