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The Hobbit (1977)

A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon.


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Complete credited cast:
Bilbo Baggins (voice)
Smaug (voice)
The Elvenking (voice)
Elrond (voice)
Gollum (voice) (as Theodore)
Dwalin / Fíli / Kíli / Óin / Glóin / Ori / Nori / Bifur / Bofur / Bert - Troll #2 / Goblin / Orc / Spiders / Wood Elves / Lake People (voice) (as Jack De Leon)
Don Messick ...
Dori / Bard / Great Goblin (voice)
The Balladeer (voice)


Bilbo Baggins the Hobbit was just minding his own business, when his occasional visitor Gandalf the Wizard drops in one evening . One by one, a whole group of dwarves drop in, and before he knows it, Bilbo has joined their quest to reclaim their kingdom, taken from them by an evil dragon named Smaug. The only problem is that Gandalf has told the dwarves that Bilbo is an expert burglar, but he isn't.... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Based on the original version of the Hobbit.


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Release Date:

27 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El Hobbit  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,000,000,000, 10 April 1978
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song sung while Bilbo and the dwarfs 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 it Bilbo sings it as he first sees Hobbitton upon his return. See more »


When Bilbo finds the ring it's shown with an elaborate design on it. In the book the ring was plain and unadorned. Although when you put it in the fire, writing in the Black Speech appears. See more »


[as the Battle of Three - ultimately Five - Armies opens, the Men and Elves and Dwarves charge each other... all from different angles]
Men: Scurvy dwarves! Thieving dwarves! Kill them!
Elves: Kill the dwarves! Chop them up! Take their heads!
Dwarves: Kill the men! Kill the elves! Save the gold for ourselves!
Bilbo Baggins: [bringing up the dwarves' rear] Personally, I'd rather be back in Hobbitton.
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That's What Bilbo Baggins Hates
Performed by Hans Conried, Don Messick, and John Stephenson
Written by J.R.R. Tolkien
Lyrics adapted by Jules Bass
Music by Maury Laws
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As a Tolkien Fanatic...
24 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

I must say that I actually remember this movie with fondness. I've read comments that slam the film for either technical faults or the fact that it has left out a number of things.

All these things are true, of course.

Though I thought the artwork itself was quite good, the animation could use some work. Certainly things were left out.

Come on people! Certainly the film is no ten, but it is a decent version, given the fact that to fit the book into a film at all some liberties will be taken. Especially when it seems apparent that the film is aimed at children.

If you can't unwind a bit and just sit back and watch the film without always pointing out every little omission or alteration, then this film will disappoint. But if you can, then give this film a chance.

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