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Gerontius "The Old" Took
Gerontius "The Old" Took
Portrayed By: Dan HennahPatriarch of one of the two greatest Hobbit families and Thain of the Shire, the last (ceremonial) representative of the fallen Kings of Arnor. Grandfather of Bilbo and great-grandfather of Frodo.
- Badass Family: Clan-leader of an uncharacteristically adventurous hobbit family, he's Bilbo's grandfather.
- The Clan: The head of it, in fact.
- Creator Cameo: Played by Weta's Dan Hennah.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": No one calls him Gerontius, just The Old Took.
- Gag Nose: Sports the most ridiculously extreme nose in the movie — the special features reveal Peter Jackson did this deliberately as a joke on Dan Hennah.
- Happy Flashback: He appears in a very sweet scene added to special edition of An Expected Journey, which depicts a typically merry hobbit gathering.
- Posthumous Character: He's deceased long before The Hobbit takes place, at least by several decades.
- Spell My Name with a "The": A non-malevolent example, used out of respect.
Portrayed By: Sonia Forbes-AdamOne of the Old Took's four daughters and Bilbo's mother.
- Floral Theme Naming: Like most female hobbits, she's named after a flower. Despite the negative connotations of "deadly nightshade", the name is derived from the Italian for "beautiful woman".
- Good Parents: By all accounts, Bungo and Belladonna were very loving and attentive parents who raised Bilbo to be a strong-minded and compassionate person. Her willingness to accept a little bit of adventure in life also contributed to Bilbo's curiosity and thirst for exploration, something that Belladonna actively nurtured in him.
- Happy Flashback: Appears in the above mentioned flashback, where we see her gently admonish a very young Bilbo after he whacks Gandalf with his wooden sword. It's a sweet cameo, and nice to see she and Bilbo together in less troubled times.
- Posthumous Character: Whilst she appears in the flashback, mentioned above, by the time of the events depicted in the main story, she has been dead for around ten years.
Portrayed By: Erin BanksA rather unpleasant but very wealthy hobbit whose family has a rocky history with the Bagginses of Bag End. Wife of Otho Sackville-Baggins.
- Blatant Lies: She pretended not to know who Bilbo was when he returned to Bag End to try and avoid the auction over his estate being broken up.
- Feuding Families: Aggressively pushes her husband to usurp his cousin, Bilbo, for leadership of the Baggins clan.
- Floral Theme Naming: Like most female hobbits, she's named after a flower. Applicably, the lobelia symbolizes malevolence and ill will.
- Nosy Neighbor: She's known to constantly pry into Bilbo's affairs.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Costume designer Ann Maskrey describes her as being "decked out like an old traveller's caravan." She's on the right, here with Otho.◊
- Parasol of Prettiness: She carries a dainty parasol, similarly fussy as her dress.
- Preppy Name: The name Sackville was a familiar "aristocratic" name in Tolkien's day, especially in double-barreled names such as Sackville-West, and he presumably used it (and the contrast with the more mundane Baggins) to imply the somewhat snobbish nature of the Sackville-Bagginses.
- Rich Bitch: In An Unexpected Journey, she appears in a neat cameo, prissily tottering over Hobbiton Bridge in a Pimped-Out Dress, whilst making sure she shoots her cousin-in-law Bilbo a decidedly shitty look.
- Sticky Fingers: She's not above pinching silverware from relatives, as Bilbo explains, but probably justifies it as karmic theft, given that she also sees Bag-End as her rightful inheritance...
- In Battle of the Five Armies, she tries to steal Bilbo's silverware with him presumed dead.
- Timeshifted Actor: In Fellowship, her older self (aged around 83) is played by Peter Jackson regular Elizabeth Moody, AKA Lionel's mother from Braindead. In An Unexpected Journey, she's around 23.
Portrayed By: Brian HotterAnother wealthy but rather unpleasant hobbit; husband of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins.
- Feuding Families: He's Bilbo's first-cousin and closest living heir, and therefore, his ambition was to succeed Bilbo as head of the Baggins family and be head of two families at once. Bilbo thwarts this by officially naming Frodo as the heir to Bag End.
- Henpecked Husband: Lobelia is quite obviously the one who rules the roost in the Sackville-Baggins family.
- Preppy Name: Though his father was a Baggins, he inherited headship of the Sackville family through his mother, Camellia. Thus, Otho effectively founded a new family.
- Timeshifted Actor: He appears in Fellowship at the venerable age of 91, but in An Unexpected Journey, he's around 30.