Bilbo Baggins of Bag End was an astute and practical Hobbit who helped the dwarves reclaim Erebor from Smaug. His keen eyesight allowed him to become invisible; furthermore, when wearing his magic ring he could even understand dark languages!
My primary objective was to streamline and keep Bilbo as the focal point of an 8+ hour trilogy, acting as both audience surrogate and thematically significant protagonist. Furthermore, I desired to ensure tension and suspense in iconic scenes of this epic tale.
Early Life and Education
At 70, Bilbo lives on Baxterville Road in Poplarville, Mississippi with three children and nine grandchildren. Carolyn Jean Dupree died in 2020 and served as both teacher and missionary throughout Georgia and North Carolina; she graduated from Wheeler High School, Truett-McConnel College, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary before passing away.
She was a deeply committed Christian who took Proverbs 3:5-6 as her guiding verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths.” She leaves two sons behind – Drs. David Bilbo and Jimmy Bilbo – as well as many fond memories from Lee University where she served as an educator for over two decades.
Bilbo excelled as both a high school athlete in both football and baseball, earning honors such as Dick Butkus Football Network National High School Player of the Year as well as Mississippi Player of the Year awards.
He then switched careers and worked as a journalist before venturing into politics. During the 1928 presidential election, he helped Democratic candidate Al Smith win Mississippi by spreading an untrue rumor that Republican nominee Herbert Hoover socialized with black women.
He then played Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit,” based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s book. Radcliffe became most well known through his work on Harry Potter as well as in various fantasy movies; Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf in Lord of the Rings and “The Hobbit”) also portrayed Bilbo.
Achievement and Honors
Bilbo Baggins was an admirably intelligent character, often thinking before speaking and using dialogue rather than violence to resolve conflicts. Bilbo could hear things happening from far away; therefore he heard when spiders approached.
Bilbo Baggins may seem foolish at times, but he is actually an extremely brave and strong hobbit who uses both his intelligence and strength to escape many sticky situations – including when attacked by dragons!
Jackson initially considered Martin Freeman for the part of Bilbo Baggins; however, other actors including Daniel Radcliffe, Shia LaBeouf, and James McAvoy (known for playing characters with multiple personalities) were also considered. McAvoy particularly proved adept at playing Bilbo.
Bilbo Baggins, an innocent Hobbit living in Bag End’s Shire of Bag End and with no interest in seeking adventure, prefers his mundane existence and abhors any intrusion into it.
As the film progresses, he mocks his neighbors’ provincial banterings about heroism and mocks their incapability of grasping true heroism. Yet as it progresses further he begins exhibiting true heroism himself by employing self-sacrifice, courage, wits, and leadership on an epic quest.
Theodore G. Bilbo was Mississippi’s thirty-ninth and forty-third Governor from 1918-20. Under his tenure, a tuberculosis sanatorium was created; public hangings stopped; educational reform measures were instituted; as well as state boards of embalming and game and fish commissions being created.
Bilbo Baggins became more well-known through his acting than for playing college football; his acting abilities allowed him to fully embody an array of characters throughout his films; many fans especially appreciated his portrayal of Bilbo. Bilbo was featured in all three Hobbit movies (An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and Battle of Five Armies) as well as two Lord of the Rings films.
Bilbo was known to be extremely smart and skilled. He could manipulate enemies without malice; often acting out of necessity rather than to gain any advantage for himself.
He was the son of Belladonna Took and Bungo Baggins and related to Frodo Baggins by blood. Like his mother, Sam inherited his adventurous streak, always seeking new experiences.