Lord of the Rings Online remembers Ian Holm, the original Bilbo Baggins, with Baggins’ Birthday event

    
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This past week, at the age of 88, Ian Holm passed away in his London home. From Alien to The Fifth Element, Holm was quite revered and beloved in his long acting career in cinema. But for fantasy fans, Holm held a special place in their hearts as the original Bilbo Baggins from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy.

It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that Lord of the Rings Online players gathered together to remember the man when they heard the news. The Bilbo Baggins character in Rivendell was mobbed by crowds of players looking to pay their respects.

For its part, Standing Stone Games is extending the Baggins’ Birthday event through June 23rd to allow players to celebrate the life of both a fictional Hobbit and a real man. The studio also said that it’s going to stretch out the spring festival until June 29th.

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starbuck1771

My favorite movie of his was the fifth element starring Bruce Willis

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rafael12104

I don’t know much. But here is what I do know.

Ian Holm made his bones as an actor well before Peter Jackson’s rendition of Lord of the Rings.

I read Lord of the Rings well before Peter Jackson even had a career.

And yet, now when I think of Bilbo Baggins, a character I love for many reasons; when in my mind’s eye I see Bilbo in all of his manifestations, young, middle aged, and old; I see Ian Holm.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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rafael12104

Awesome. He will be missed. And The Great Gig In The Sky is perfect!

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Amorey

<3 Schlag :*)

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Gamewench

R.I.P <3

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NeoWolf

From me, I shall simply say “May his road go ever on”… I shall miss his voice.

But I think Gandalf says it best when he explains death to Pippin :)

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Alyn

Thank you Michael. I shared this with my Free Company in Final Fantasy 14.

Here’s to all of our journeys!

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Amorey

Here is Peter Jackson’s tribute to The Wonderful Ian Holm, it is worth a reading, just remember to have some tissues to wipe away the tears when you do :*)

https://m.facebook.com/notes/peter-jackson/the-wonderful-sir-ian-holm/10158439252151558/

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Angel

Apparently someone is cutting onions around here. Thank you so much for sharing that link!

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Paragon Lost

Thank you for sharing that Amorey! Made me tear up, so nicely written by Peter Jackson. Very touching.

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xpsync

Thanks man!

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Sleepy

There was an impromptu wake for him in the Green Dragon on Laurelin last night.

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Amorey

It was a lovely tribute, I am glad I was there :)

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Paragon Lost

A really talented actor. He will be missed for sure. I really enjoyed him in the original “Alien” among his many roles.

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Mordyjuice

Well time to put on my Nerd Hat here but the original person to portray Bilbo was Felix Felton on the radio in the 1950s, followed by Norman Bird in the first animated film in the 1970s which kids my age were still watching in the 1980s and later in college during the 1990s (while stoned of course) prior to Peter Jackson’s live action movies

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Paragon Lost

Note that Justin is referring to Ian Holm as the original Bilbo in the context of the Peter Jackson franchise. Since Martin Freeman played a younger Bilbo in the movie “The Hobbit” that Peter did. So you’re correcting Justin when there is no need.

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Mordyjuice

The buck does not stop at Peter Jackson though, that’s no different than implying that Kurt Russell was in the original Thing movie.

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Paragon Lost

Still you missed the point. The point wasn’t to say that there weren’t other actors who portrayed Bilbo. The point was that in the Peter Jackson francise Ian was the original actor who played him. Stop preventing your reading comprehension from working in your desire to correct.

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Mordyjuice

As painful as it is I admit I am wrong, but those young whippersnappers don’t know what they were missing.

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Paragon Lost

Hehe, so very true. 🙂

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Technically, it was Orson Bean who followed Felton in the 1977 animated version of the Hobbit, who reprised the role in 1980 for Return of the King. The Bakshi version released in 1978.

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Mordyjuice

I mentioned that Felton was first, though I only thought he did the radio version.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Felton did the radio. Bean did the two fully animated ones (’77 and ’80), and Bird did the Bashki version in ’78.

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Mordyjuice

Oh I see where my error was.

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Amorey

Last night the Hobbit community on the Laurelin Server remembered Ian Holm ( or Hobbit Holmo ) with a beautiful speech , a song, and a toast at the Green Dragon Inn in Bywater. It was very moving , rest in hobbity peace Bilbo <3