Fun fact ( I learned this last night while reading a Wikipedia article about the middle-ages when I probably should’ve been studying something even remotely related to my studies) :
”The Frankish kingdom in northern Gaul split into kingdoms called Austrasia, Neustria, and Burgundy during the 6th and 7th centuries, under the Merovingians who were descended from Clovis. The 7th century was a tumultuous period of civil wars between Austrasia and Neustria. Such warfare was exploited by Pippin the Mayor of the Palace for Austrasia who became the power behind the throne. Later members of his family line inherited the office, acting as advisers and regents.” -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middle_Ages
And a further fun fact: This Pippin (or Pepin in French) was only the first of several Pippins to come; in fact a few generations later, Pippin the Second (also known as ”Pippin the Short”) ran into conflict with one of his grandchildren, Drogo, who was leading revolts in his kingdom. Pippin the Short was also father to the great Charlemagne who unified the kingdoms in the area of modern France became the first emperor in Western Europe since the fall of the Roman empire. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepin_the_Short)
Seems like Tolkien was tired some night when reading history and went ”Oh, that’s a nice name for a character!”
Possible origins for Pippin (Peregrin Tuk) and Drogo (Frodo’s daddy-O)?
I really need to pull my socks up -_-
Luckily it’s still so early, I have all the time in the world to study for several hours, then go to the gym and finally, scouts in the evening which is followed by, guess what? - that’s right- STUDYING! YAY :))))
I need study-buddies.