The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will premiere tonight at midnight in theaters across the U.S. This film, begged for since Lord of the Rings – Return of the King premiered nine years ago, follows the story of Bilbo Baggins, uncle to the aforementioned film’s hero Frodo Baggins, as he helps a band of dwarfs steal back their gold from a dragon named Smaug. Other than a cartoon produced back in 1977, The Hobbit has never been interpreted outside of the original book.
Or has it, Mr. Leonard Nimoy?
Making the rounds on the internet this week is an odd recording from a very unlikely, uh, singer. Recorded back in 1967 and released commercially the following year, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” was a tune Nimoy had recorded for his second, yes I said second studio album titled The Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy. During that time, Star Trek was a very popular television program. Both Nimoy, who played Commander Spock, and William Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk, were given recording deals to exploit their new found fame. Where Shatner chose to croon in spoken word form, Nimoy tried his hand at singing.
*NOTE: Neither Shatner nor Nimoy earned Grammys from their records.*
This song stayed below the radar for many years until it recently resurfaced as an odd music video. Originally recorded for an episode of Malibu U, an American variety show, “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” has found a new home in the hearts of LOTR fans, Nimoy fans or fans of quirky songs. So, as you’re snuggling close to your favorite halfling tonight in the theater, may this tune bring you great joy…
Or rage. I cannot control your emotions. That would not be logical, would it?