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.


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?

Thorin: 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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