Thain Paladin Took II is the head of the Great Smials in Tuckborough, where he lives with his daughter Pervinca and others in the Took family. He is the proud father of Peregrin "Pippin" Took, or at least he will be proud eventually. Right now Paladin knows nothing about the dangerous adventures Pippin is about to face.
The thirty-first Thain of the Shire was Ferumbras Took III, who was unmarried and left no heir. As such, the line of descent from the Old Took's third son Isumbras IV came to an end, and the descent moved on to the line of his fourth son, Hildigrim. So the Thainship fell on Hildigrim's grandson Paladin, who became Thain Paladin II.
- 'That's a strange tale you told about Gerebert. A little fanciful, but worth looking into.'