The 30+ Best Bilbo Baggins Quotes & Lines from Lord of the Rings

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The character of Bilbo Baggins has been a fan favorite since the 1930s (when The Hobbit book was first published) but a resurgence of his popularity has definitely been brought about by the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films by Peter Jackson!

Brought to life both by Ian Holm and Martin Freeman, Bilbo has played a pivotal role in the entire LOTR franchise, from setting off to help his dwarf friends regain the Lonely Mountain to being a huge influence on Frodo’s desire to travel.

And despite his small size, Bilbo has had many memorable lines and quotes ranging from the funny to the profound… which is why we’ve put together this list of Bilbo’s best lines from all the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films, as well as his best quotes from the books.

Are you ready for the adventure?


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The Most Iconic and Famous Bilbo Baggins Quotes

Of course, we need to start with the most obvious and well-known of Bilbo’s lines. These are the most iconic quotes by Bilbo, although some were only spoken by him in the films as narration for his writing, which were actually lines from the books by Tolkien. But they’re still some of the most famous Bilbo Baggins quotes!


“In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit.” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

“That is private. Keep your sticky paws off.” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

“I’m going on an adventure!” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

“[Bilbo stabs a spider, who screams of it stinging] Sting… That’s a good name!” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“[to his party guests] 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.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Funniest Bilbo Baggins Quotes

Bilbo certainly wasn’t the comic relief character that, say, Pippin or Merry would later become, but he did manage to have some very witty and clever lines. These are the best funny Bilbo quotes that made us chuckle.


Frodo: They all say they’re coming. Except for the Sackville-Bagginses, who are demanding you ask them in person.
Bilbo: Are they, indeed? Over my dead body.
Frodo: They’d probably find that quite agreeable. They seem to think you have tunnels overflowing with gold.
Bilbo: It was one small chest, hardly overflowing. And it still smells of troll.” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo Baggins: Good morning.
Gandalf: What do you mean? Do you wish me a good morning or do you mean that it is a good morning wheter I want it or not? Or perhaps you mean to say that you feel good on this particular morning? Or are you simply stating that this is a morning to be a good on? Hm?
Bilbo Baggins: All of them at once, I suppose.” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

“[as four dwarves start rearranging his kitchen, his doorbell rings again] Oh no. No. There’s nobody home! Go away, and bother somebody else! There’re far too many dwarves in my dining room as it is. If this is some cluthead’s idea of a joke, I can only say, it is in VERY poor taste!” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Bilbo: [annoyed] Bebother and confusticate these dwarves!
Gandalf: My dear Bilbo, what on earth is the matter?
Bilbo: What’s the matter? I am surrounded by dwarves! What are they doing here?
Gandalf: Oh, they’re quite a merry gathering, once you get used to them.
Bilbo: I don’t want to get used to them! The state of my kitchen! There’s mud trod into the carpet! They’ve pillaged the pantry. I’m not even gonna tell you what they’ve done in the bathroom. They’ve all but destroyed the plumbing! I don’t understand what they’re doing in my house!” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Thorin Oakenshield: Tell me, Mr. Baggins, have you done much fighting?
Bilbo Baggins: Pardon me?
Thorin Oakenshield: Axe or sword, what’s your weapon of choice?
Bilbo Baggins: [proudly] Well, I do have some skill at conkers, if you must know.” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Ori: That’s why we need a burglar!
Bilbo Baggins: Hmmm, and a good one too. An expert, I’d imagine.
Gloin: And are you?
Bilbo Baggins: [looks behind him, then back] Am I what?” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

“[to the trolls, about cooking the dwarves] Well, I mean, have you smelled them? You’re going to need something a lot stronger than sage before you can plate this lot up!” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Thorin Oakenshield: And I am sorry for doubting you.
Bilbo Baggins: No, it’s fine. I would have doubted me too. I’m not a hero, or a warrior… Not even a burglar.” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Smaug: You seem familiar with my name, but I don’t remember smelling your kind before. Who are you and where do you come from, may I ask?
Bilbo Baggins: I come from under the hill…
Smaug: Underhill?
Bilbo Baggins: …and under hills and over hills my paths lead. And through the air! I am he who walks unseen!
Smaug: Impressive. What else do you claim to be? [leans forward to smell Bilbo] 
Bilbo Baggins: L-Luck-Wearer… R-Riddle-Maker…
Smaug: Lovely titles… Go on.
Bilbo Baggins: Barrel-Rider!” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Thranduil: If I am not mistaken, this is the Halfing who stole the keys to my dungeon right from under the nose of my guards.
Bilbo Baggins: Yesh. Sorry about that.” The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Best Bilbo Baggins Quotes from The Lord of the Rings

Bilbo only played a small role in the Lord of the Rings films, but still managed to have some memorable quotes. While we’ve included some of Bilbo’s lines from the Return of the King in other sections, here we have the rest of the best things he said in the Fellowship of the Ring.


“I’m old, Gandalf. I know I don’t look it, but I’m beginning to feel it in my heart. I feel… thin. Sort of stretched, like… butter scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday. A very long holiday. And I don’t expect I shall return. In fact I mean not to.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bilbo: Mrs Bracegirdle, how nice to see you. Welcome welcome. Are all these children yours?
Mrs. Bracegirdle: Yeah.
Bilbo: Good gracious, you have been productive.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Gandalf: Frodo suspects something.
Bilbo: Of course he does, he’s a Baggins, not some blockheaded Bracegirdle from Hardbottle.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“You’re a good lad, Frodo. I’m very selfish, you know. Yes, I am. Very selfish. I don’t know why I took you in after your mother and father died but it wasn’t out of charity. I think it was because… of all my numerous relations, you were the one Baggins that showed real spirit.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

“I’ve thought of an ending for my book – “And he lived happily ever after… to the end of his days.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Best Bilbo Baggins Adventure and Courage Quotes

For someone who, at first, claimed not to be interested in adventures, Bilbo certainly had some great ones. Here are all the best lines he uttered about adventures, as well as those that showed how much courage could be held inside a little hobbit.


“An adventure?… Well, I don’t imagine anyone west of Bree would have much interest in adventures. Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things. Make you late for dinner!” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Hobbit: You! Mr. Bilbo, where’re you off to?
Bilbo Baggins: I’m already late.
Hobbit: Late for what?
Bilbo Baggins: I’m going on an adventure!” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Gandalf: You’ve changed, Bilbo Baggins. You’re not the same Hobbit as the one who left the Shire…
Bilbo Baggins: I was going to tell you… I found something in the Goblin tunnels.
Gandalf: Found what? What did you find?
Bilbo Baggins: [pause] My courage.” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Bard: Why do this? You owe us nothing.
Bilbo Baggins: I’m not doing it for you. I know that dwarves can be obstinate and pigheaded and difficult. They’re suspicious and secretive, with the *worst* manners you can possibly imagine. But they are also brave and kind, and loyal to a fault. I’ve grown very fond of them, and I would save them if I can.” The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Gandalf: You’ll never make it!
Bilbo Baggins: Why not?
Gandalf: Because they will see you coming, and kill you!
Bilbo Baggins: No, they won’t. They won’t see me.
Gandalf: It’s out of the question! I won’t allow it!
Bilbo Baggins: I’m not asking you to allow it, Gandalf.” The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Thorin Oakenshield: I am so sorry… that I have lead you to such peril…
Bilbo Baggins: No! I am glad to have shared in your perils, Thorin. Each and every one of them. It is far more than any Baggins deserves!” The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Galadriel: The power of the Three Rings is ended. The time has come… for the dominion of Men.
Elrond: [in Elvish] The Sea calls us home.
Bilbo: [smiling] I think I’m quite ready for another adventure!” The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best Bilbo Baggins Quotes about Home

Even though Bilbo wanted an adventure, he was at heart a hobbit and they value their creature comforts. These are the best Bilbo lines about home, whether he was longing for it, helping others find it, or offering his hospitality to those who might visit it.


“[Bilbo attempts to sneak out of the cave while the company sleeps but is stopped by Bofur] 
Bofur: Where do you think you’re going?
Bilbo Baggins: Back to Rivendell.
Bofur: No. No. You can’t turn back now. You’re part of the company. You’re one of us.
Bilbo Baggins: I’m not now, am I? Thorin said I should have never have come and he was right. I’m not a Took, I’m a Baggins. I don’t know what I was thinking. I should never have run out my door.
Bofur: You’re homesick. I understand.
Bilbo Baggins: No you don’t. You don’t understand. None of you do. You’re Dwarves. You’re use to this life, to living on the road, never settling in one place, not belonging anywhere!” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Gandalf: Well, why does it matter? He’s back!
Thorin Oakenshield: It matters. I want to know – why did you come back?
Bilbo Baggins: Look, 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. That’s why I came back, ’cause you don’t have one. A home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Thorin Oakenshield: What is that in your hand?
Bilbo Baggins: [startled] It-it’s nothing.
Thorin Oakenshield: Show me!
[Bilbo opens his hand, revealing an acorn] Bilbo Baggins: I picked it up in Beorn’s garden.
Thorin Oakenshield: You’ve carried it all this way?
Bilbo Baggins: I’m going to plant it in my garden, in Bag End.
Thorin Oakenshield: It’s a poor prize to take back to the Shire.
Bilbo Baggins: One day it’ll grow. And every time I look at it, I’ll remember. Remember everything that happened: the good, the bad… and how lucky I am that I made it home.” The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

“If you any of you are ever passing Bag End, uh… tea is at four. There’s plenty of it. You are welcome ANY time. Uh… don’t bother knocking!” The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Bilbo Baggins: Stop! Stop! There’s been a mistake!
Lobelia Sackville-Baggins: Who are you?
Bilbo Baggins: What do you mean, who am I? You know perfectly well who I am, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins. This is my home! And those are my spoons. Thank you very much.” The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Bonus: The Best Bilbo Baggins Quotes from the Books

Like all book to movie adaptations, inevitably some great lines are going to be cut. We’ve also included some of Bilbo’s best lines from Tolkien’s books that weren’t included in the film versions.


“Getting rid of dragons is not at all in my line, but I will do my best to think about it. Personally I have no hopes at all, and wish I was safe back at home.” The Hobbit

“Bother burgling and everything to do with it! I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!” The Hobbit

“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.” The Hobbit

“Truly there can nowhere be found the equal of Lord Smaug the Impenetrable. What magnificence to possess a waistcoat of fine diamonds!” The Hobbit

“Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.” The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Kristy Brandt

Originally from Tasmania, Australia, Kristy was living in London when she unexpectedly met a Dutch bloke and ended up moving to the Netherlands to be with him. Now she can be found taking numerous photos of their four weird cats, eating lots of stroopwafels and blogging at Tassie Devil Abroad.

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