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The Handiest Hobbits In The ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Franchise

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Vote up the hobbits who'd be a great addition to your own personal fellowship.

Hobbits are curious creatures. They spend most of their time sleeping, eating, and enjoying the simpler comforts. It's not often that a hobbit gets into mischief, but it's been known to happen from time to time. Every once in a while, a stranger will arrive in the Shire looking for a companion on some great adventure. Most hobbits would shut the door in their face, but some are more adventurous than they may first appear. 

It goes without saying that some hobbits are much handier than others. Not content just to sit at home tucking into multiple breakfasts, these handy hobbits jump at the chance to help an ally on a quest. Some are perfect helpers, cooking and cleaning to their heart's content. Others are proven warriors, able to slay any foe who is foolish enough to underestimate them. The best of them possess an unshakeable loyalty. These are the hobbits that you would want at your side when darkness threatens the world. 

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  • Samwise Gamgee
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    Who is he? A Shire gardener and the best friend of Frodo Baggins. 

    What does he want? Sam cares about Frodo deeply and would follow him to the end of Middle-Earth. He is instrumental in assisting Frodo's quest to destroy the One Ring. 

    Highlights? Sam fends off the mighty spider Shelob and infiltrates Mordor by himself to save Frodo's life. Temporarily bearing the Ring himself, he resists temptation and gives it back to Frodo when the time comes.

    Low-lights? He nearly abandons Frodo after Gollum gets between them. 

  • Meriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
    Photo: The Return of the King / New Line Cinema

    Who is he? Frodo's cousin, and a member of the Fellowship of the Ring. 

    What does he want? Merry joins the Fellowship to help Frodo carry the One Ring to Mordor.

    Highlights? He rallies the Ents to take on Saruman in Isengard. At the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, he pierces the leg of the Witch-King of Angmar, giving Eowyn the chance to land the final blow. 

    Low-lights? He can be pretty harsh to Pippin sometimes. 

  • Bilbo Baggins
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    Who is he? One of the wealthiest residents of the Shire and Frodo's uncle. Bilbo embarks on an unexpected journey when Gandalf the Grey comes knocking at his door. 

    What does he want? Bilbo works as a burglar for Gandalf and a group of exiled dwarves, assisting them on their journey to the Lonely Mountain. On this adventure, he stumbles upon the One Ring, which he then keeps into his old age.

    Highlights? He outwits the fierce dragon Smaug and is rewarded with a vast trove of riches to bring back to the Shire. 

    Low-lights? Bilbo's mind is tainted by the One Ring, making him increasingly erratic. It causes him to lash out at Gandalf on his 111th birthday, and later, he nearly attacks Frodo over the Ring. 

  • Bandobras 'Bullroarer' Took
    Photo: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey / Warner Bros.

    Who is he? The great-great-grand-uncle of Bilbo Baggins. Standing at 4 feet 5 inches, he was one of the tallest hobbits in history and a great warrior. 

    What does he want? Bullroarer Took was a protector of the Shire, once leading hobbits into battle against an army of invading goblins.

    Highlights? He was tall enough to ride a horse, and he defeated a goblin horde at the Battle of Greenfields. He personally beheaded the goblin chief. 

    Low-lights? The stories about him inventing golf are likely exaggerated.