Bilbo Baggins was the first Hobbit to ever be created in the world when J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about him. This character has been beloved by generations of fans, and he became especially popular again after The Hobbit movies were released. Bilbo also appears in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, and his love of adventure and eccentric personality makes him quite the delight for many fans of the books and films. While Bilbo might have been a reluctant adventurer at first, he becomes braver and more inspired as his journey goes on.
We’ve collected a list of the ten most inspiring Bilbo Baggins quotes from the books and the movies.
10 “BOTHER BURGLING AND EVERYTHING TO DO WITH IT!” I WISH I WAS AT HOME…”
When Bilbo first is taken on as the burglar in the journey to the Lonely Mountain with the dwarves, he is less than thrilled. While something calls in him that made him decide to go, he often gets fed up with the entire adventuring situation. This quote continues with: "...in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!” The fact that Bilbo misses the comforts of home while on the road is definitely relatable. However, despite being tired and uncomfortable, he still continues on which is rather inspiring.
9 “SO COMES SNOW AFTER FIRE, AND EVEN DRAGONS HAVE THEIR ENDING.”
The adventure that Bilbo goes on starts off rather silly in many ways with trolls and mishaps, but the stakes never seem too high. But, this ends up changing towards the end of the book when the Battle of Five Armies breaks out. However, after these horrible events, Bilbo says this quote. This speaks to the fact that even when terrible things happen that there are often good things ahead and that life goes on.
8 “THE ROAD GOES EVER ON AND ON.”
This is a song that many fans of the series will be familiar with. It is sung by Gandalf in the movies, but it’s originally Bilbo in the books who wrote it. The song continues, “down from the door where it began. Now, far ahead the road has gone, and I must follow if I can.”
However, there are actually multiple versions of this song from the books, but this version is the most recognizable as it’s sung in the films. This song is definitely a great and inspiring song about adventure.
7 “IT’S A DANGEROUS BUSINESS, FRODO, GOING OUT YOUR DOOR.”
This is another famous Bilbo quote that is told to the audience by Frodo. Since Bilbo was his adopted uncle, he was always telling Frodo about his adventures and inspiring Frodo in this way. He continues by telling Frodo that, “you step into the road, and, if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no telling where you might be swept off to.” This might read partially as a warning, but it’s also clearly Bilbo waxing poetic about his own experiences.
6 “I AM GLAD THAT I HAVE SHARED IN YOUR PERILS--THAT HAS BEEN MORE THAN ANY BAGGINS DESERVES.”
The adventure that Bilbo goes on with the dwarves ends rather tragically. While at first the dwarves and Bilbo don’t really understand each other, they do grow to have a camaraderie. This means that the deaths of Thorin, Fili, and Kili are quite tragic to Bilbo. So, when he says this quote as part of his goodbye to Thorin after he has died. It’s a fitting way for Bilbo to say goodbye and also quite sad.
5 “NEVER LAUGH AT LIVE DRAGONS. BILBO, YOU FOOL!”
Bilbo is not your regular Hobbit. He goes to have more adventure and wild experiences than really any Hobbit before him, and only Frodo experiences more of the world after him. So, when Bilbo comes face to face with Smaug, it's rather shocking.
He says this quote to himself during the encounter. Even though facing a dragon would be terrifying for anyone. Bilbo has his wits about him and survives the encounter.
4 “SORRY, I DON’T WANT ANY ADVENTURES, THANK YOU. NOT TODAY. GOOD MORNING!”
When Gandalf first meets up with Bilbo and tries to recruit him into the company, Bilbo is not here for it. He’s very frazzled over the whole encounter and tells Gandalf that he’s not interested. This quote is rather endearing as well as hilarious. He ends up inviting Gandalf to tea instead and tells him to come back tomorrow and then closes the door on him. This is definitely one of the most iconic and adorable Bilbo moments.
3 “NASTY DISTURBING UNCOMFORTABLE THINGS [ADVENTURES]! MAKE YOU LATE FOR DINNER!”
When Bilbo says, “we are a plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures... I can’t think of what anybody sees in them,” it’s clear he’s speaking more to what he’s been taught than what his heart completely feels.
This is another hilarious quote about Bilbo’s reluctance to join Thorin and Company, but it’s also inspiring because it shows just how much courage Bilbo finds to go on the adventure.
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.”
While most of Bilbo’s best and most inspiring quotes come from The Hobbit books and films, he does appear a few times in the LOTR series. This is probably his most well-known quote from those books/films. It’s also a super funny quote and shows that Bilbo is starting to get a bit grumpy and restless in his old age. And, there’s definitely something admirable about the way he speaks his mind even if he is rather rude.
1 “I’M GOING ON AN ADVENTURE!”
This might be one of the most popular lines that Bilbo says in the first Hobbit film. He wakes up late and sees that the dwarven company has left, and he suddenly has a change of heart and decides to go with them. This leads to him in a very frazzled state running away from Bad End and exclaiming this line. This is definitely something that inspired many fans to want to go on their own adventures.