The Hobbit (1977 film)

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The Hobbit is a 1977 animated musical television special created by Rankin/Bass, a studio known for their holiday specials, and animated by Topcraft, a precursor to Studio Ghibli, using lyrics adapted from the book. The film is an adaptation of the 1937 book of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien and was first broadcast on NBC in the United States on Sunday, November 27, 1977.

Directed and produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin. Screenplay by Romeo Muller. Based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.
If these be our last moments, men, let us live them with honour.
Revenge? You? Ha! I am Smaug! I kill what I wish! I am strong... strong... STRONG! My armor is like tenfold shields... my teeth are like swords... my claws, spears... the shock of my tail... a thunderbolt! My wings... a hurricane! And my breath... death! Well? Well?! Where are your riddles now?
Child of the kindly West, I have come to know, if more of us valued your ways - food and cheer above hoarded gold - it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell.
"You're a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I'm very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all."
"Thank goodness!"

Thorin Oakenshield[edit]

  • If these be our last moments, men, let us live them with honour.

Bard[edit]

  • [as Smaug attacks Laketown] Black arrow! You've never failed me, and I've always recovered you. I had you from my father, and he from of old. If ever you came from the forges of the true King under the Mountain, go now and speed well!

Dialogue[edit]

Great Goblin: Who are these miserable persons?
Thorin Oakenshield: Thorin, at your service. We did not mean to trespass. We were merely seeking shelter from the storm.
Goblin: He is a liar, O truly tremendous one. Ask him to explain his weapon! [draws Thorin's sword and holds it up] This sword is named Orcrist, the Goblin Cleaver!
Great Goblin: [enraged] Murderers! Elf friends!
Gandalf the Grey: Stop!
[the torches in the goblin throne room are extinguished; Gandalf appears, holding up a sword shining with blue light]
Great Goblin: [terrified] I know that sword! It is called Glamdring, the Foe Hammer!
Bilbo Baggins: It's Gandalf! Good old Gandalf!
Gandalf the Gray: Follow me! Quickly! Through here! Follow me!

Bilbo Baggins: Perhaps you know the way out?
Gollum: Yes, gollum. But perhaps we sits here and chats with it a bitsy, my precious. It likes riddles?

Smaug: Well, thief... I smell you, feel your air. I hear your breath. Come along. Help yourself. There's plenty, and to spare.
Bilbo Baggins: Thank you, oh, Smaug the Magnificent. I did not come for presents. I only wish to have a look at you... and see if you are truly as great as tales say. I did not believe them.
Smaug: Do you now?
Bilbo Baggins: They fall utterly short of reality... O Smaug the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities!
Smaug: You have nice manners, for a thief... and a liar. You know me... but I don't remember smelling you before. Who are you and where do you come from?
Bilbo Baggins: I come from under the hill. And under the hill and over the hills my paths led. And through the air. I am he that walks unseen.
Smaug: You make riddles? What is your name?
Bilbo Baggins: I am the lucky number, the web-cutter, the spider-stinger...
Smaug: Lovely titles.
Bilbo Baggins: I am he that drowns his friends and draws them alive again from the water. I am the guest of eagles, the ring-winner and luck-wearer... ...the clue-finder and the barrel-rider.
Smaug: Barrel-rider, eh? Then I have guessed your riddle! You are one of those miserable, tub-thumping Lake-men! You and your town shall pay dearly for this intrusion! So the Lake-men would steal my treasure?
Bilbo Baggins: Wait! You don't know everything. Not gold alone brought me hither.
Smaug: Be done with your riddles! What else brought you, Lake-man?
Bilbo Baggins: Revenge!
Smaug: Revenge?
Bilbo Baggins: Surely you realize that your success has made you some bitter enemies.
Smaug: [laughs contemptuously] Revenge? You? Ha! I am Smaug! I kill what I wish! I am strong... strong... STRONG! My armor is like tenfold shields... my teeth are like swords... my claws, spears... the shock of my tail... a thunderbolt! My wings... a hurricane! And my breath... death! Well? Well?! Where are your riddles now?
Bilbo Baggins: Very, very impressive. However... I have always understood that dragons... were soft underneath. Vulnerable. Especially in the region of the chest.
Smaug: You have heard wrong! I am armored both above and below.
Bilbo Baggins: Well, I don't know about that.
Smaug: You "don't know about that." I shall show you! [rolls onto his back] Look! What do you say to this? Rare and wonderful, eh?
Bilbo Baggins: Dazzling! Marvelous! Perfect! Flawless! Staggering! Mag... Old fool! There's a patch in the hollow of your left breast... as bare as a snail out of its shell.
Smaug: What's that? More riddles?
Bilbo Baggins: No, my riddling is done. I really must not detain Your Magnificence any longer. Sorry you could not find me. But a fine burglar takes expert catching.
[Bilbo removes the Ring, revealing himself holding up an ornate cup from Smaug's sea of treasure. He darts into a hallway, leaving Smaug raging behind him]
Smaug: Burglar? Burglar! Thief! Fire! Murderer!

Gandalf the Grey: [Bilbo and Gandalf enter Thorin's tent. Thorin lies dying] I have brought him.
Thorin: Farewell. good thief. I wish to part in friendship, and would take back my words at the gate.
Bilbo Baggins: There were many words I would take back, also.
Thorin: And does it take this to make us to see each other?
Bilbo Baggins: Thorin...
Thorin: Hush. You are no coward, my friend. I am sorry I so named you.
Bilbo Baggins: This is not important...
Thorin: I was wrong. You did understand war. It was I who did not... until now.
Bilbo Baggins: Farewell, King Under the Mountain.
Thorin: Child of the kindly West, I have come to know, if more of us valued your ways - food and cheer above hoarded gold - it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell.
Bilbo Baggins: Farewell, Thorin.

Gandalf the Grey: And so, the prophecies of old have come true. Smaug is gone and the goblins driven away. The dwarves and elves live in peace, and the men thrive, multiply and build a civilization.
Bilbo Baggins: Prophecies!
Gandalf the Grey: What?
Bilbo Baggins: I had a hand in all that!
Gandalf the Grey: Surely you don't disbelieve the prophecies because you helped bring them about? You don't really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You're a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I'm very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all.
Bilbo Baggins: Thank goodness!

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