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I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.

—Mark Twain

Synopsis: Bilbo does what few self-respecting Hobbits would even consider: leave the Shire on a grand adventure.


Reaction: Fun and well-told, this is a great introduction for young kids to the works of J.R.R. Tolkein.


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Cast and Crew
Arthur Rankin Jr. => Director
Jules Bass => Director
Romeo Muller => Writer
Maury Laws => Composer / Songs
Glenn Yarbrough => Main Title Writer and Performer
Brother Theodore => Gollum (as Theodore)
Cyril Ritchard => Elrond
Don Messick => Balin / Goblin / Troll #3 / Lord of the Eagles
Hans Conried => Thorin
Jack DeLeon => Additional Voices (as Jack De Leon)
John Huston => Gandalf the Grey
John Stephenson => Great Goblin / Dori / Bard
Orson Bean => Bilbo Baggins
Otto Preminger => Elvenking
Paul Frees => Troll #1 / Bombur
Richard Boone => Smaug
Thurl Ravenscroft => Background Voice (uncredited) / Goblin

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Although Gandalf says seven dwarves die during or after the Battle of Five Armies, in the book only three are lost: Thorin, Fili and Kili.
  • The song sung when Bilbo and the dwarves arrive in Lake-town ("The streams shall run in gladness...") is the last verse of the song from the book. The final two lines (sung under the ensuing dialogue) are the first lines of the song.
  • The song the goblins sing as they chase the dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf up the trees, "Fifteen birds in five firtrees," is taken directly from the book.
  • The goblins' song as they capture the dwarves and Bilbo is adapted from the version written in the book.
  • The song sung as Bilbo frees the dwarves from the elves by hiding them in empty wine barrels floated down the river ("Heave-ho! Splash plump! Rolling down the hole") is an adaptation of two songs from that incident in the book.
  • The ring Bilbo picks up in Gollum's underground lair is not just a ring of invisibility, but is in fact Sauron's Ring of Power which forms the base for the story [The Lord of the Rings].
  • The song sung while Bilbo and the dwarves as they walk through Mirkwood, "Roads go ever ever on, Over rock and under tree, By caves where never sun has shown, By streams that never find the see", is taken directly from the book, although in the book Bilbo sings it as he first sees Hobbitton upon his return.
  • The second song sung by the dwarves at Bag End, "Far o'er the misty mountains cold, To dungeons deep and caverns old, We must away ere break of day, To seek the pale enchanted gold," is a direct quote of the first verse of the book version (which has 10 verses).
  • The song sung during the riddle game which ends giving the answer ("The answer is dark") is derived from one of the riddles Gollum asks in the book. All the riddles asked are directly quoted from the book, and there are five others not used.
  • The first song sung by the dwarves at Bag End, "Chip the glasses, crack the plates, that's what Bilbo Baggins hates..." is adapted from the version written in the book. Tolkien included many songs in his books, although in verse form only.