Rest in Peace, Bilbo Baggins

A tribute to Ian Holm.

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Ian Holm has passed away at the age of 88. While he was known for his many Shakespearean roles, I knew him mostly as the older Bilbo Baggins in the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies.

As a character, Bilbo Baggins encompasses people’s love of comfort with the thrill of wanting to explore the unknown. Understanding this balance is something I aim to achieve one day, and it’s something that many people seem to forget about the world itself.

I have a good job that I am thankful for, but there is always the dream for something more. Yet, for all my talk about pursuing a more creative field, one where I am my own boss, I am comfortable where I am in life. Like Bilbo, I enjoy my books and couch, and my job does grant me financial security. Like Bilbo, I would love a gaggle of dwarves sing about an adventure to spur me to take chances.

Despite going on an adventure, Bilbo’s strength was his love of home. Aside from indulging in his Took-side to go and explore the world, Bilbo’s motivation was to help others take back their homes, to help others find their comfort and security.

We could all take a page out of Bilbo’s book, for people to help each other out of the goodness of their hearts rather than for treasure. As Thorin said to Bilbo, “If more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place.”

Rest in peace, Sir Ian Holm. May the afterlife be to you as Bilbo Baggins’s precious gardens were to him.

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