Bilbo Baggins turns 75, doesn’t look a day over 50

The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein’s prelude to the Lord of the Rings series, turned 75 years old today. It was first published in the United Kingdom in 1937.

This year also marks the premier of Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation of The Hobbit, which will comprise three movies and include material that was mentioned in the Lord of the Rings appendices. So, if you’re wondering whether to read the book or wait for the movie, we suggest that you read only the first three chapters. Otherwise, it might spoil the second and third movies if you know Bilbo survives for the Fellowship of the Ring.

And, in honor of Bilbo’s birthday, we bring you a song by Leonard Nimoy:

Published by

Rick Snee

Through his writing for SeriouslyGuys, Rick Snee has alternately been accused of being: a liberal, a conservative, three different spellings of “moron,” some old grump, a millennial know-nothing and — on one occasion — a grave insult to a minor deity in some obscure pantheon (you probably haven’t heard of it). Really, he’s just one of The Guys, y’know?