The Return of the King

The Return of the King

by

J. R. R. Tolkien

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Peregrin Took (Pippin) Character Analysis

Pippin is one of the four hobbits included in the Fellowship of the Ring, and Merry’s best friend. His foolhardy decision to look into the Seeing Stone led to Gandalf bringing him to Minas Tirith, where, on a whim, he offers his service to Denethor and is made a Guard of the Citadel. While in Minas Tirith, Pippin’s thoughts are constantly with his friends, Frodo, Sam, and Merry, and it’s his care for others that leads to him enlisting Gandalf’s help in order to save Faramir from Denethor’s reckless behavior. Pippin finally joins the battlefield at the Black Gate, where he is crushed by a troll. After returning to the Shire with Frodo, Sam, and Merry, he plays a vital part in the fight against the Chief and his ruffians, brazenly challenging all who stand in the hobbits’ way. His tendency to wear his armor when riding around the Shire with Merry after their return is a clear sign of his pride in his enduring status as a Knight of Gondor.

Peregrin Took (Pippin) Quotes in The Return of the King

The The Return of the King quotes below are all either spoken by Peregrin Took (Pippin) or refer to Peregrin Took (Pippin). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 5, Chapter 4 Quotes

Already it seemed years to Pippin since he had sat there before, in some half-forgotten time when he had still been a hobbit, a half-hearted wanderer touched little by the perils he had passed through. Now he was one small soldier in a city preparing for a great assault, clad in the proud but sombre manner of the Tower of the Guard.

Related Characters: Peregrin Took (Pippin)
Page Number: 74
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Book 6, Chapter 7 Quotes

Then the hobbits suddenly realized that people had looked at them with amazement not out of surprise at their return so much as in wonder at their gear. They themselves had become so used to warfare and to riding in well-arrayed companies that they had quite forgotten that the bright mail peeping from under their cloaks, and the helms of Gondor and the Mark, and the fair devices of their shields, would seem outlandish in their own country.

Page Number: 294
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“Well here we are, just the four of us that started out together,” said Merry. “We have left all the rest behind, one after another. It seems almost like a dream that has slowly faded.”

“Not to me,” said Frodo. “To me it feels more like falling asleep again.”

Page Number: 299
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Peregrin Took (Pippin) Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character Peregrin Took (Pippin) appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 5, Chapter 1 
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Pippin wakes up to find himself wrapped in Gandalf’s cloak on the back of Shadowfax, a... (full context)
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When Pippin wakes up again, he hears Gandalf talking to a group of men standing guard in... (full context)
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Gandalf, Pippin, and Shadowfax enter Gondor, and after a few more hours of riding, they come to... (full context)
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Gandalf, Pippin, and Shadowfax reach the final level of the city, which houses the Citadel. Shadowfax is... (full context)
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Pippin and Gandalf enter the Great Hall. The throne is empty, and Denethor, Lord and Steward... (full context)
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...ago, and that it washed up by the river, broken in two. At Denethor’s request, Pippin describes Boromir’s death and his effort to save Pippin and Merry, another of the hobbits... (full context)
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Denethor’s first command to Pippin is for him to tell Denethor everything he knows about Boromir. Gandalf mentions that he... (full context)
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When Pippin and Gandalf reach the room that has been prepared for them, Pippin asks Gandalf if... (full context)
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...for now he has to go to Denethor’s council meeting. He leaves the lodging, urging Pippin to sharpen his blade and requesting that he visit Shadowfax to ensure his comfort. Pippin... (full context)
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Beregond and Pippin eat and talk, sharing stories of Gondor and the Shire. Beregond is surprised to hear... (full context)
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Pippin asks Beregond what it is he can see down at the curve of the river.... (full context)
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...must succeed in battle if there is to be any hope at all. Beregond asks Pippin if he has any hope that Gondor will survive the war. Pippin thinks of all... (full context)
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Pippin and Beregond sit together in fear, but after a while, Pippin looks up to see... (full context)
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A bell rings to signal meal time, so Beregond takes Pippin to eat with the men of his company. The men are excited to meet Pippin:... (full context)
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When Pippin reaches the lowest level, a group of children runs towards him. One of the boys... (full context)
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...all the arriving parties have entered the city, night begins to fall, and Bergil and Pippin hurry inside too. Pippin heads back to his lodgings to find Gandalf—but Gandalf isn’t there.... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 2 
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...there isn’t time—Legolas promises they’ll return together if peace is restored. Merry yawns: he misses Pippin, he hasn’t had enough sleep, and he feels like a burden to those around him.... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 4
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Gandalf wakes Pippin and tells him to prepare to see Denethor. There’s a small meal laid out for... (full context)
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The shadow deepens over Minas Tirith over the course of the day. After many hours, Pippin is released from duty and goes to find food in the mess, where he meets... (full context)
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...as cowed by the shadow as the rest of the men are. Suddenly, Beregond and Pippin hear a terrifying cry. Pippin recognizes the sound from back in the Shire, but it... (full context)
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Pippin watches Gandalf and the riders gather themselves and move towards the city gate. He hurries... (full context)
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...different struggles he encountered with his men at the border of Gondor, and notes, to Pippin and Gandalf’s great interest, that he encountered other hobbits in that time. Gandalf’s hands tremble... (full context)
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...doubts him and says so: he didn’t even trust himself to keep the Ring safe. Pippin senses a tense conflict between Gandalf and Denethor, and he prepares for a violent outburst.  (full context)
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...but they agree that this won’t be enough. Faramir goes to rest, and Gandalf and Pippin head to their lodgings. Pippin asks Gandalf if there’s any hope for Frodo. Gandalf tells... (full context)
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...like beetles.” Gandalf rides out to help Faramir and his men return to the city. Pippin spends the night looking in the direction of Osgiliath, and when the morning bells sound,... (full context)
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...the rest of the city that he’s dying. Denethor sits beside Faramir, ignoring the battle. Pippin waits on Denethor, who seems aged and hopeless and expresses remorse at sending his son... (full context)
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As Pippin searches for Gandalf, he runs into Beregond and tells him that Denethor has lost his... (full context)
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While Pippin waited on Denethor, the battle had been building down below. Enemy forces press closer to... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 7
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When the Black Rider withdraws from the city to join the battle on the field, Pippin cries for Gandalf to come with him to save Faramir. He explains that Denethor has... (full context)
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...their obedience would’ve led to Faramir’s death had Beregond not disobeyed his orders. He and Pippin take Faramir to the Houses of Healing. As they walk, they hear a blast of... (full context)
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As they reach the Houses of Healing, Gandalf, Pippin, and Beregond hear a piercing cry and see the sun breaking through the shadow. Though... (full context)
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Pippin says that this explains the change in Denethor between leaving and returning to Faramir’s side.... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 8
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...dark and he feels as though he’s walking into a tomb. Soon, he’s stopped by Pippin who has been searching for him, and he sits down and weeps. Pippin asks if... (full context)
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Pippin is waiting at the door when he sees Aragorn, and he greets him with joy... (full context)
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...day they would smoke together. Aragorn tells him to smoke and remember his friend fondly. Pippin stays with Merry while Gandalf and Aragorn leave, finding a crowd has gathered at the... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 9
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...next move against the enemy. After speaking with Imrahil, they go to see Merry and Pippin. The four walk and sit together. Merry begs Gimli and Legolas to recount their journey... (full context)
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...the ships, Aragorn held the Dead’s oath fulfilled, and they departed. Gimli tells Merry and Pippin that the armies of men that had been fighting nearby then came to Aragorn’s aid... (full context)
Book 5, Chapter 10
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...be going, as he still needs to rest, but Aragorn tells him not to envy Pippin’s place in the battle: Merry has already been able to prove himself with noble deeds.... (full context)
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...riding with the rest of the captains to the Gate, along with a large guard. Pippin, Gimli, and Legolas join the guard as representatives of their people. They call for Sauron... (full context)
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...a bundle which the Mouth of Sauron reveals to be Frodo’s clothes and Sam’s sword. Pippin cries out when he sees them, which proves to the Mouth that the items are... (full context)
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...smoke and appears red as if the day is ending. All hope seems to disappear. Pippin resigns himself to death. Beregond is struck down by a troll who leers down at... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 1
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...at the river, Merry is a day away from Minas Tirith with the Rohirrim, and Pippin waits on Denethor, and all of their minds are incessantly on the whereabouts and survival... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 4
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...and Legolas. When two esquires come to serve wine, they recognize them as Merry and Pippin. After the feast, the hobbits talk with Gandalf, Legolas, and Gimli about their different journeys.... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 6
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The hobbits are sad to leave Aragorn. Aragorn reminds Pippin that he’s still a knight of Gondor and might be called to serve again. The... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 8
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...if the Chief is Lotho, his unpopular relative, and the hobbits confirm this. Merry and Pippin climb the gate and have the gatekeeper unlock it, threatening him with their swords. Frodo... (full context)
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...the gate, says it’s no longer allowed to take guests in and share extra food. Pippin, exhausted, says they’ll eat the food they’re carrying, and Hob lets them in reluctantly. On... (full context)
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...small band of guards in the morning. Though the guards believe Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin to be their prisoners, the four hobbits make the guards walk in front of them... (full context)
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...and tells the hobbits they’re not allowed to go any further. At the ruffians’ taunting, Pippin unsheathes his sword and threatens them as a messenger of the king. The ruffians flee.... (full context)
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When Pippin suggests that this will end in fighting, Frodo emphasizes that no hobbit is to be... (full context)
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...assess how many ruffians they’ll have to take on and how deadly their weapons are. Pippin learns that it was in fact his own father, and not the ruffians, who cast... (full context)
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The next morning, a messenger arrives to say that Pippin’s father has rallied the whole of their county. But Merry comes with worse news—a band... (full context)
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Merry and Pippin will later be remembered as the brave captains of this battle, while Frodo’s main effort... (full context)
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...that they cut off all light to the hobbit hole’s windows. Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin go inside to find the house stinking and cluttered. They search for Lotho but can’t... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 9
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...this power is to reduce the number of guards to their original group. Merry and Pippin take on the task of hunting out the last ruffians. By the end of the... (full context)
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...Frodo eventually resigns the office of Deputy Mayor and focuses on his writing. Merry and Pippin live together for a while and are known around the Shire for their shining armor... (full context)
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...life and isn’t paid much attention. The other hobbits are more excited by Merry and Pippin, and Sam, too, though Sam doesn’t realize it. In autumn, Frodo tells Sam that his... (full context)
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...Elves board the ship and thinks about his journey home alone, but then Merry and Pippin ride up—Gandalf told them to come.  (full context)
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...Sam’s journey back will be better with company. He says goodbye to Sam, Merry, and Pippin, and tells them they shouldn’t avoid crying: “Not all tears are an evil.” Frodo kisses... (full context)