The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit have a special place in the hearts of many. These masterpieces created by J.R.R. Tolkien have been made into movies loved by countless. One of the central characters in both the books is our very own Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo is a hobbit who lives in a hole in the ground.
If you’re reading this with no knowledge of the films or books then, Hobbits are creatures who like to eat, sing, dance, sleep, and live a peaceful life. How now you may be asking, can two epic stories and three major films be made when one of the central characters seems so uninteresting? Well, it takes that one precious opportunity that comes knocking on your door, literally in Bilbo’s case, to send you off on an adventure.
Whether you are a fan or just looking for some motivation, these Bilbo Baggin’s quotes are sure to bring out the side of you that longs for adventure.
1.“Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it.
Start the day on a positive note. Wish someone a good morning and mean it. Bilbo says this to Gandalf one beautiful day before his normal life is up for a change.
2.“I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
Bilbo delivers this witty line to the people invited to his party. His usual reserved-self compliments his guests with this clever line.
It holds true for many of us as well. There are people in our lives who we think are friendly but since we only meet rarely, we don’t know them. Whereas, there are other people who we don’t like as much as we’d like to.
3.”Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not Today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Goodbye!” –The Hobbit.
An understandable reaction to when a stranger comes offering you a chance to go on a dangerous journey. At least he had the courtesy to offer tea.
4.“We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing, uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
Hobbits are folks who enjoy their quiet lives. But to see Bilbo leave all his comfort and the warm bed and go work for the dwarves as a burglar is undoubtedly commendable. Wouldn’t you hesitate to leave your cozy place and set out on a dangerous journey?
5.“I’m going on an adventure.”
Once you’ve overcome your initial fear of the idea of going on an adventure, everything else becomes exciting. Humans are curious by nature and have explored the farthest corners of the earth. Your ventures don’t need to be as dangerous as fighting a real dragon, start with something simple and see how it brings meaning into your life.
6.” I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!” – The Hobbit
If you’ve read the books, you know how much Bilbo thinks this to himself. We all need a break from our everyday schedules and take some time off for ourselves. But, despite his discomfort and troubles, he goes through with the promise he makes and does the best he can. That is all that matters.
7.“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.” – Fellowship of the Ring
This iconic line from the LOTR has and forever will continue to inspire the wanderlust in our hearts. All of us are built differently and find joy and purpose in doing different things.
8.“Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure if it must end so, and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.”
To share in the happiness and sorrow of your companions is the journey of life. As heart-breaking as farewells are, they’re lessons in disguise to help you cope with the harsh realities of life.
See more for how you can cope with the truths of life.
9.“I know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you’re right I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my armchair, and my garden. See that’s where I belong. That’s home. And that’s why I came back. Because you don’t have one. A home it was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.”
The act of giving for the sole purpose of giving. Bilbo gives up his comfort and embarks on a perilous journey to help the dwarves who have lost their home. His selfless act goes on to change the whole course of the story.
That’s all it takes, a small decision on your part, to change your whole life.
10.”‘I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts. Well-preserved indeed!’ he snorted. ‘Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.'” – The Fellowship of the ring
Even old Bilbo has a longing for adventure. His taste of the thrill of his past journey still lingers in his heart and desires the exciting possibilities of being out there. Age doesn’t matter when the heart is still young.
Pack your bags and head on the journey you’ve always wanted to experience. Don’t let the trivial, self-created problems stand in the way of your bright venture.
11.”Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!” – The Hobbit
As useful advice as any. In case you encounter a real-life fire-breathing, man-eating dragon, try not to laugh at its face.
12.“So, comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!”
Things may seem rough now; they could even appear impossible to overcome. Remind yourself that better days are certain to come. After every night, dawn comes and brings light. After every storm, the sun shines on fresh ground. Be patient and remember, the only way hereon is up.
13.“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways! Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!”
If life takes a different direction and goes sideways; turn that way and you’ll always be going forward. Life is a rollercoaster ride going all directions; you should decide the course it takes for yourself.
14.“Now I know what a piece of bacon feels like when it is suddenly picked out of the pan on a fork and put back on the shelf!”
15.“I came from the end of bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ring-winner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.”
Be confident in who you are no mater where you’re from.
16.“You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.”
Once you decide to explore the possibilities of your life, you never know where you might end up. Life can be unexpected and lead you to discover wonderful places if you let it free.
17.“It’s no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.”
As good as having an adventure sounds, some prefer to live a quiet life. Living the life of a hobbit in a hole who enjoys reading books, and full course meals doesn’t sound that bad either.
18.“Books ought to have good endings.”
You are the author of your life. You decide the course of the story and how it ends. Make sure you don’t disappoint yourself when you read it through.
19.“Well I’ve made up my mind, anyway. I want to see mountains again, Gandalf – mountains; and then find somewhere where I can rest.” – Fellowship of the Ring
We all have a list of places we want to see. Of things, we want to do. Don’t wait for the perfect time; there’ll always be something or another that doesn’t work. Work hard, book a flight and let yourself go.
20.“I’ve thought of an ending for my book – ‘And he lived happily ever after… to the end of his days.’”
Bilbo Baggins decides to give himself a happy ending; you can do it too.
Movies like these help countless people in inspiring and motivating them to live a better life.
21.“I know I don’t look old, but I’m beginning to feel it in my heart… I need a holiday. A very long holiday. And I don’t expect I shall return.”
22.“One day it’ll grow, and every time I look at it, I’ll remember. Remember everything, the good the bad and how lucky I am that I made it home.”
In life, we will every so often come across difficult times. These come as lessons in disguise to help you learn from it. All it takes is a little effort and support from your close ones to overcome them. Remember these moments because you will come to cherish them over time.
23.“If anyone is passing Baggins’, tea is at four, there’s plenty of it, and you are welcome anytime.”
From wanting to kick out the dwarves to inviting them back to his home, their bond takes a beautiful turn. Friendship is a beautiful thing where you can connect with the most unexpected of people.
Don’t jump to conclusions about someone, always take the time and have the patience to know them.
24.“I’m quite ready for another adventure.”
Bilbo may be just a fictional character for some, but he’s an everyday (Middle-Earth) hero for so many of us. His decision to join the quest to return the home of the dwarves to them started a chain of events that led to the destruction of the evil force Sauron. The love of adventure in him pushed him to make a huge leap out the door which changed his life forever.
So, no matter how small or powerless you think you are, always believe in yourself. Follow the obscured path and let it lead you to places you never imagined you could reach.
Take inspiration from Bilbo’s decision to write about his journey and start living for your own book. Your life is the best story to tell, make it worth listening.
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