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Bilbo Baggins - Lord of the Rings

Bilbo Baggins is a fictional male Hobbit adventurer in the Lord of the Rings film series who was played on screen by Ian Holm. Bilbo Baggins is the main character in 'THE Hobbit' but in the Lord of the Rings, he is a "guest star", he just pops up at the beginning to hand over the ring then disapopears for most of the rest of the film. The old Bilbo is played by Ian Holm whereas the younger character is played by Martin Freeman.

Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins with Sword and The One Ring

Bilbo Baggins is offered the chance of an adventure by Gandalf, the wizard. Gandalf needs a thief to help The Dwarves of Erebor reclaim their residence from Smaug, the dragon. The first time that Bilbo meets the Dwarves is when they turn up at his house and proceed to eat all his food. After an unexpected party at Bilbo's house, Bilbo agrees to join the dwarves on an adventure of a lifetime. Bilbo is required to sign a contract that spells out exactly what can be expected on his journey and the dangers that await.

Bilbo's primary role in the dwarven group is to break into the lonely mountain and steal the Arkenstone from right under the nose of Smaug. Bilbo finds the stone but doesn't hand over the stone to Thorin when he returns to the dwarves, instead he hides it in his pocket and keeps it a secret. When Thorin is being unreasonable, Bilbo leaves Erebor and hands it to the armies camped outside the mountain. The Arkenstone will allow Thorin to claim kingship over all the other dwarf clans so as to unify them under the same banner. The problem is that the Arkenstone is in amongst all the gold that Smaug sits on. Only a thief can get in and out with the Arkenstone.

When the dwarves are captured by the Wood Elves, it is Bilbo who breaks into the Elves citadel and frees Thorin and his friends. He hides the dwarves in barrels who are released into the river below to escape from the Elves and the Orcs.

Whilst Thorin Oakenshield, leader of the band of dwarves that set out to reclaim Eradar, aka Lonely Mountain from Smaug does not like the idea of a Hobbit joining the band, by the time of the end of the first film, he is won over by Bilbo's ability.

During the fight between Thorin Oakenshield and Azog on the frozen lake, Bilbo Baggins is knocked out and for the whole of the fight is rendered useless. Its not for want of trying, he is quite prepared to get involved in the fight.

It is during an encounter with the Goblin King that Bilbo Baggins meets Gollum, the corrupted Hobbit and obtains the One Ring that was created by Lord Sauron to control those he had given other rings to. The Ring enables the wearer of the ring to become invisible but also has allows the wearer to see Lord Sauron.

Bilbo Baggins first encounter with Gollum is when Bilbo has become separated from the dwarves and is in a cave under the Goblin Kings arena. He watches as Gollum kills an injured goblin and drags him away which looks like he is going to eat the goblin. During the struggle between Gollum and the Goblin, the One Ring drops out of a pocket from Gollum. Bilbo picks up the ring but doesn't wear it. When Gollum confront Bilbo, Gollum sets a number of puzzles for Bilbo and Bilbo responds with puzzles of his own. Bilbo manages to escape and it is only by accident that Bilbo wears the ring and discovers the power of invisibility when Gollum can't see him. It is reminiscent of the scene when Frodo Baggins wears the one ring in the Prancing Pony in LOTR - Fellowship of the Ring. When Bilbo Baggins has the opportunity and the means to kill Gollum, Bilbo decides not to kill the vile corrupted Hobbit.

Bilbo's sword is known as Sting which was found amongst a Troll-hoard. Amongst the hoard was the Orcrist sword which was carried by Thorin Oakesnhield. The Sting glows a blue whenever Orcs are nearby,

Bilbo Baggins in Lord of the Ring

Bilbo Baggins played by Ian Holm in Lord of the Rings

It is at Bilbo's 111th birthday when he uses the ring to disappear that Gandalf becomes interested in the ring. Gandalf orders Bilbo to hand it over which Bilbo reluctantly agrees to do. The Ring belongs to Lord Sauron who had crafted it to control the other races of Middle Earth.

At the birthday party that everyone in the shire had gathered, Bilbo uses the One Ring to disappear as if by magic. Bilbo turns up later at Rivendell when the Fellowship is being created to see his nephew. Responsibility of the Ring passes to his cousin Frodo Baggins. They might seem to be uncle and nephew, but they are actually cousins where it is described in the first book of Lord of the Rings. RefYahoo.

Bilbo Baggins wrote a book called 'There and Back Again', telling of his adventures and the quest to reclaim the Dwarf realm of Erebor.

Bilbo Baggins Facts

Alien RaceHobbit
AllegianceThe Fellowship of the Ring
ActorIan Holm
Last UpdatedSaturday, February 2, 2019

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