Kings Wild Project is excited to announce the release of the officially licensed ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Playing Cards. Licensed through Middle-earth Enterprises, we will be producing a series of beautifully illustrated playing card decks for each of the three masterpieces.
At 111, his age at his final Shire birthday party, Bilbo looks like a younger Hobbit than he is due to the effects of the One Ring. He looks well-preserved, and not much older than he was when he found the Ring at age 51. (He looked like a human in his thirties then, and now he looks like a human in his forties – at an age when Hobbits look closer to humans in their seventies.)
Bilbo is descended from the great Hobbit warrior Bandobras (Bullroarer) Took, his great-great-great- granduncle. He is the grandson of Gerontius Took (the Old Took), former Thain of the Shire. Gandalf selected Bilbo as the Burglar for Thorin’s company in part because of his lineage (and possibly also because of prophecy), and Bilbo helps them restore the Dwarf Kingdom under the Mountain at Erebor. Along the way, he finds the One Ring in Gollum’s lair. He retires from adventuring to write his memoirs, and eventually leaves the Shire for Rivendell, leaving his home and Ring to his nephew Frodo.
“…it was like a great shadow, in the middle of which was a dark form, of man-shape maybe, yet greater; and a power and terror seemed to be in it and to go before it. It came to the edge of the fire and the light faded as if a cloud had bent over it. Then with a rush it leaped across the fissure. The flames roared up to greet it, and wreathed about it; anda black smoke swirled in the air. Its streaming mane kindled, and blazed behind it. Inits right hand was a blade like a stabbing tongue of fire; in its left it held a whip of many thongs. ‘Ai! air! ‘ wailed Legolas. ‘A Balrog! A Balrog is come!’ The dark figure streaming with fire raced towards them…”
– The Fellowship of the Ring