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Bilbo Baggins: adventurer, hero, and Elf-friend; respected by Dwarves, honored by wizards and the Wise; and one of the most celebrated Hobbits of all time.

Bilbo Baggins of Bag End, Underhill, was born in the Shire. He had a strong strain of Fallohide blood running in him, and developed the corresponding love for adventure, Elves, and Elvish things.

The owner of Bag End, in Hobbiton, Bilbo was the son of the staid Bungo Baggins and the adventurous Belladonna Took. He existed quietly for most of his life, living off his late parents' considerable fortune, supplemented with freelance work as a scrivener and tutor for illiterate hobbits and rent from the inhabitants of Bagshot Row further down the Hill. This changed when Gandalf convinced him to serve as Thorin and Company's burglar in T.A. 2941. On this adventure, Bilbo first visited Rivendell and many other legendary places in Middle-earth (including Goblin-gate, Thranduil's palace in Mirkwood, and Erebor). He played an important part in the slaying of the Dragon Smaug, most chiefly by noticing the weak spot in the Worm's underbelly where Bard later was able to land his deadly black arrow. But most importantly, Bilbo was led by fate to discover Sauron's long lost One Ring in Gollum's cave in the depths of the Misty Mountains, beneath the lairs of the Goblins of the High Pass. Following his adventures he was able to live comfortably in the Shire on his portion of the Dragon-hoard.

In T.A. 2980, he adopted his young relative Frodo after the death of Frodo's parents, Drogo and Primula Baggins. (For the sake of convenience, Frodo was referred to as Bilbo's nephew. In actuality, Primula Took was Bilbo's first cousin and Drogo was his second cousin; Frodo was therefore Bilbo's first and second cousin, once removed either way.) They lived together in Bag End for many years, with Bilbo occasionally teaching letters to poorer hobbitlings in the area, including young Samwise Gamgee.

In T.A. 3001, with a dramatic exit, Bilbo left the Shire during Frodo's thirty-third birthday party (and Bilbo's own eleventy-first), a party which Bilbo called the Farewell Feast. At this time, Bilbo's possessions, including the awesome One Ring, came into Frodo's hands. Bilbo remained in Rivendell for the next twenty years, except for visits to Dale and Erebor in either T.A. 3001 or 3002. During this time Bilbo devoted himself to writing, poetry, song-making, and scholarly work. Some of the significant works among these are the first part of the Red Book of Westmarch, entitled There and Back Again, edited by J.R.R. Tolkien as The Hobbit; the poems "Errantry" and its epic reworking (with help from Aragorn), "The Lay of Eärendil"; and the great scholarly piece entitled Translations From the Elvish, the basis for The Silmarilion. These works credit Bilbo as the greatest of all Hobbitish scholars.

When Bilbo passed over the sea in T.A, 3021 with the Last Riding of the Keepers of the Ring, he was the oldest Hobbit who had ever lived (with the exception of Gollum), at 131 years and 8 days. He presumably passed away in comfort in Tol Eressëa some time later. He is remembered as much for his extreme generosity, self-deprecation, and scholarship as he is for his exploits and accomplishments.

Important Dates

born T.A. 2890
Quest of Erebor with Thorin & Company T.A. 2941
the Farewell Party T.A. 3001
passing over the sea T.A. 3021.

Bilbo's Principal Items

  • Bilbo's Pipe
  • Bilbo's Pocketbook
  • pair of elven-boots
  • button-down shirt
  • Dark green dwarven cloak and hood
  • jacket with bronze buttons
  • Handkerchief
  • leather belt
  • short sword in an old black leather scabbard. (Sting)
  • Mithril-Mail shirt
  • Pantaloons
  • Pen-knife
  • The One Ring
  • inkpot & quill
  • waistcoat
  • Walking Stick


  • MERP: Lords of Middle-earth Vol III - Hobbits, Dwarves, Ents, Orcs & Trolls
  • MERP: Middle-earth Adventure Guidebook II
  • MERP: The Shire