The Grey Lady, The Bloody Baron or the Basilisk
The Grey Lady and the Bloody Baron may not be alive for the duration of the books but they do certainly qualify as characters. As ghosts they were extant throughout the series. We're not given their exact dates of birth. However, the Grey Lady was the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw, who was one of the Hogwarts ...
Gandalf is a Maia (Spirit), created by Eru among the other Ainur before the Years of the Lamps roughly 9,000+ years before arriving in Middle-earth. In Valinor he was known as Olórin. He was sent to Middle-earth in human form around the year 1000 in the Third Age. That's more than 2000 years before the setting of The Lord of the Rings, to help the free ...
In the books, the oldest character at the time of their death is Nicolas Flamel
Mr. Flamel, who celebrated his six hundred and sixty-fifth birthday last year, enjoys a quiet life in Devon with his wife, Perenelle (six hundred and fifty-eight)
Though we have no way of knowing when that book was written, and by extension how old it really is, even if it was ...
As the question is not limited to humans, Leaf is the oldest. According to the books she's at least two hundred years old.
“Tell us what you saw.” From far away Leaf looked almost a girl, no
older than Bran or one of his sisters, but close at hand she seemed
far older. She claimed to have seen two hundred years.
ADWD, chapter 34
The year of Gimli's birth is given in Appendix A, in the family tree for the Line of Durin, as 2879 of the Third Age (click to embiggen):
Appendix B gives the date of the Council of Elrond as October 25, 3018.
So Gimli is actually almost 140 years old when we first meet him, and is certainly that age by the end of the trilogy.
So yes, in ...
According to Captain America's biography on ComicVine; The comic version of Steve Rogers was born on July 4th, 1920. He was given the Super-Serum in March 1941 (aged 20).
This is flatly contradicted by the film version which states that he was born on July 4th, 1918 and turned into a superhero aged 21.
Both versions agree that was frozen in 1945 (aged 25 ...
Chewbacca was born 200 BBY (two hundred years before the battle of Yavin)
Wookiees in their prime tend to resemble the wooded areas they live in (shades of brown, tan or reddish brown), but are known to change colors as they age. There are recessive genes allowing for albino Wookiees, but those are very rare. Very old Wookiees would lose coloration becoming ...
Straight from The Return of the Jedi
YODA (tickled, chuckles)
I do, yes, I do! Sick have I become. Old and weak. (Points a crooked finger) When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.
Additionally, in case you think it's a case of hyperbole, the Star Wars Databank mentions that he is at least ...
We don't know the exact number, but we do know that it is in the millions of years.
In the 1984 cartoon series, the Aerialbots travel 9 million years to the past and meet Orion Pax and witness him being rebuilt into Optimus Prime. So if we consider Optimus's age just from that point onward then he's 9 million years old and possibly much older if we figure ...
The apocalypse (doesn't) take place eleven years after Anathema's eighth birthday. That makes her 19 years of age through the entire events of Good Omens.
She was too young and too self-centered at this point to attach any
importance to the fact that there was no mention made of her children,
or indeed, any events in her future further away than ...
Lt Jg Reg Barclay was (approx) 42 years of age when we meet him in TNG: Hollow Pursuits. That seems rather old for such a low rank.
Lt Jg Janice Rand was (approx) 51 years of age when she was promoted to her rank.
Ensign Alans was a technical specialist (a volcanologist).
When we meet him, he's (approx) 45 years of age.
Ensign Cheney's age isn't described ...
The StarTrek.com website gives Riker's birthdate as August 19th, 2335.
Full Name: William Thomas Riker
Date of birth: August 19, 2335
Place of birth: Valdez, Alaska, Earth
Since TNG: Encounter at Farpoint took place in February 2364 (based on the stardate calculators at TrekGuide.com, Stevepugh.net and HillSchmidt), that would make ...
Looking at the timeline from The Lord of the Rings Wiki, it looks like the time before the first age lasted around 18,000 solar years, and the Ents were created sometime early on in this period.
There also looks to have been at least 10,000 years after the Ents were created.
The First Age lasted about 590 years, the Second Age 3441 years and the LotR took ...
Tom Bombadil. Per dear old Tom:
Eldest, that’s what I am. Mark my words, my friends: Tom was here before the river and the trees; Tom remembers the first raindrop and the first acorn. He made paths before the Big People, and saw the little People arriving. He was here before the Kings and the graves and the Barrow-wights. When the Elves passed westward, ...
No one knows exactly for sure. In the comics story Origin, James Howlett is born sometime between 1886 and 1897. There is no record of Wolverine fighting in the American Civil War in the Earth-616 universe.
In the movies, however, James Howlett was born earlier within the same century. X-Men Origins: Wolverine shows James and Victor fighting in multiple ...
There is no in-universe explanation given for the extreme age of the Old Took. Absent any other information, we have to assume that he was just lucky, which has been known to happen, even in our world1.
Interestingly, Gerontius' age isn't totally unique; after him, the oldest (non-Ringbearing) hobbit is Lalia Clayhanger, also called Lalia the Fat, his ...
In A Feast For Crows at the end of the book when Samwell reaches the Citadel Maester Aemon is described as the oldest man in Westeros at 102 years old.
He was more than just the oldest living maester. He was the oldest man
in Westeros, and lived through more history than Archmaester Perestan
has ever learned. He could have told us much and more about his
I, like others, interpreted the original question as about the maturity level of the content. The question as subsequently been edited to be concerned about the comprehension of the book and the jokes for someone of that age around 40 years after it was written.
This is really something that only a parent can answer. I personally think its probably not ...
The Night's King
Over nine, erhm, SEVEN THOUSAND!
He had been the thirteenth man to lead the Night's Watch, she said; a warrior who knew no fear. 'And that was the fault in him,' she would add, 'for all men must know fear.
- A Storm of Swords, Chapter 56, Bran IV
The Night's Watch was founded over 8,000 years ago after the Long Night. If we add a bit of ...
According to David Benioff, one of the showrunners of Game of Thrones, Melisandre is "several centuries old". In HBO's feature Game of Thrones Season 6: Inside the Episode #1, he says this information comes from conversations with George R. R. Martin, so presumably this is the case in the books as well.
"Several centuries" is vague, ...
17 years old, at time of posting this answer
In the Season 6 finale "The Comet", Finn states that he is 16:
FINN: Besides, it was like 40 years ago. I'm 16! I don't have a star to revolve around to track time.
Since time in Adventure Time elapses at the same rate as in the real world, and since we are currently near the end of Season 7, this would make ...
It seems the answer may simply be that Picard hand-picked his senior officers (as mentioned here, based on quotes from TNG episodes: "The Next Phase", "Legacy", "The Pegasus") - and he picked younger officers who impressed him, plus Data apparently. This privilege was likely possible due to Picard himself being a very experienced officer offered the flagship ...
At the time of A New Hope:
Canon - 51+ years
According to the Millennium Falcon IncrediBuilds book, she's been flying the friendly skies for over ninety years by the time of the First Order (emphasis mine):
There are legendary ships, and then there's the Millennium Falcon. For over nine decades, this YT-1300 freighter has sailed across the stars, doing so ...
An archived blog entry on starwars.com written by Leland Chee lists the major characters' birth years. It states that Yoda was born in 896 BBY, and that Return of the Jedi took place in 4 ABY, so Yoda was 900 years old when he died:
~ -600 Jabba the Hutt
~ -200 Chewbacca
-102 Count Dooku
-92 Qui-Gon Jinn
-82 Palpatine [...
He's ten million years old.
From the novelisation by William Kotzwinkle (emphasis mine):
The planet was unspeakably strange. He was ten million years old and had been a great many places, but he'd never encountered anything as complicated as this. Overwhelmed, he crept away, needing to rest his brain in the vegetable patch. He slumped down next to a ...
The oldest living creature we know of is Slytherin's basilisk, which was born during the early days of Hogwarts (making her ~1000 years old).
A possible contender for oldest living creature is Fawkes the phoenix. We only know for sure that he's at least 80 years old (and it's perhaps unlikely that he would be tamed for the first time at an advanced age), ...
Oh my sweet summer children...
Was the oldest and one of the largest of dragons at the time of the Dance of the Dragons (129 - 131 AC).
[It was] A wild dragon, a scavenger and killer of hatchlings, never tamed and vanished at war’s end.
The Cannibal is most likely still alive and roaming freely in or around the Shadow Lands. ...