Peregrin Took

Peregrin Took (of the famous "Took" household) is cousin to Merry and follows Merry's lead when causing mischief. He seems naive and good natured but sometimes is a little foolish, but he is young for a hobbit. "It comes in pints? I've got to get me one of those." Along the road Pippin seems to get himself into all sorts of trouble just by being around Frodo and volunteers to become part of the Fellowship, "Where are we going?" Pippin is played by Scottish actor Billy Boyd, "Pippin is an individual, he has a lot of spontaneity ... Pippin does have a habit of doing the wrong things at the wrong time!"

Like Merry, Pippin was taken captive by the Uruk-hai following the battle at  Amon Hen where Boromir died. He tries to make an escape when the Orcs stop for a quick rest and debate whether or not they are going to eat the Hobbits "What about their legs, they don't need those." As the Éomer's riders attack the party, Merry and Pippin escape into the Fangorn forest - closely followed by an Orc who wishes to eat them. They unexpectedly meet Treebeard the Ent and are taken hostage as Treebeard thinks they are "little Orcs." They are taken to the White Wizard and are left in the care of Treebeard who takes them to Entmoot - the ancient meeting place of the Ents. They wait patiently as the Ents discuss the war only to find that the Ents have decided that they aren't Orcs in which Pippin replies "Well that's good." After the Ents decide that they will weather out the war, Pippin tells Merry that "perhaps we should go home ... it is too big for us Merry" to which Merry replies that there will be no Shire to go home to unless they do something. The two hobbits travel on the limbs of Treebeard when Pippin has a brilliant idea to show Treebeard exactly what Saruman has done to the forests and hence convincing them to aid in the war.

As the Ents destroy Isengard the two Hobbits stay close to Treebeard and it is there that we leave them for another year - patiently (and not so patiently) waiting for the conclusion in Return of the King. Pippin has quite a large role in RotK, he is first seen waiting for Gandalf and co when they come to Isengard, sitting on a rock eating a sandwich, smoking some weed. He then spots something in the water and bends down to retrieve it - the palantir which Saruman had been using, unable to control his urge he steals it from Gandalf and becomes locked in a battle with Sauron himself. He tells Sauron nothing of Frodo and the ring but because Aragorn has to touch it to save PIppin, Suaron learns about him too. Merry quite angry at Pippin asks, "Why do you always have to look?" "I can't help it." Gandalf, sensing the danger takes Pippin away from Edoras, "You're coming with me aren't you Merry?" and to Minas Tirith, "In fact it's better if you don't speak at all." He pledges himself into the service of Denethor and becomes a Guard of the Citadel, dressed in Faramir's boyhood clothing, "They don't expect me to fight do they?" Frightened about the upcoming war Pippin draws himself to Gandalf's side, Gandalf sensing that Denethor means to do nothing, gets Pippin to light the beacon at the tower and hence call Théoden to arms. "Is there any hope Gandalf?" "A fool's hope." When Pippin discovers that Denethor means to burn Faramir alove he seeks Gandalf's aid and together they arrive in time to save Faramir, but Denethor goes into the flames. Pippin finds Merry on the fields, "I knew you'd find me." And they both travel with Aragorn and co to the gates of Mount Doom themselves, both proving their worth. "You bow to no-one" together the hobbits return to Hobbition to live out the rest of their lives in peace.

Billy Boyd sings beautifully in Return of the King as Faramir rides to war and hear are the words I have gathered (and confimred with the DVD):
Home is behind the world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadow to the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight
Mist and shadow
Cloud and shade
Hope[All] shall fade
All shall fade


When asked what memorabilia that Billy took with him he explained that he got to keep his sword which "That'll be something to show the grandchildren. Or hit them with."  And when asked what other role he would like: "Arwen gets nice frocks. She also gets to lie down a lot and I like having a snooze. But I'd have to kiss Viggo. I'd rather kiss a horse."

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Drinking Being Scared Captured  Fighting Sleeping RotK Preview  Meeting Elves
Playing with With a Dwarf Stealing Waiting to eat Saving Faramir Doing something bad In Faramir's clothes Trees Hobbits


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