Video Game / The Hobbit (2003)

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"This is the tale of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit with no idea of the adventures about to befall him, or their consequences..."

A 2003 video game based on The Hobbit, published by Vivendi Universal.

Similar to Vivendi Universal's last Tolkien game; The Fellowship of the Ring, this game leans on the source material rather than the movies and their darker estetic as EA had the rights to the movie adaptations of the Lord of the Rings and thus it uses a cartoony artstyle and more faithfull designs for the races and the setting.


The game provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptational Badass: Bilbo not only fights the giant spiders, but becomes a warrior who can take on bosses such as a giant armadillo-like creature. As well, he kills countless orcs, some of which are much larger than him. Bilbo can also use his walking stick to pole vault and send enemies flying.
  • Adaptation Expansion: All levels add subplots involving puzzles or combat. There is even an entire plot revolving around Bilbo freeing a dwarven prisoner in Goblin-town after he is separated from the dwarves and before meeting Gollum.
  • A Villain Named Zrg: Two goblins are named Ugslap and Krugbit. There is also Bolg.
  • Badass Boast:
    Balfor: I am grateful for your service, but freeing me would take the service of a hundred Dwarves. Or a thousand Elves.
    Bilbo: Or one burglar.
  • Badass in Distress: Balfor and Beorn are both held captive by goblins at two different points in the game and need Bilbo to rescue them.
  • Battle Cry: "Fight, Goblins! Fight!"
  • Block Puzzle
  • Canon Foreigner: This game adds several characters, such as Lianna, an Silvan Elf of Mirkwood; Balfor, a Dwarf of the Iron Hills; and Corwin, a Man of Lake-town.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The wounded elf you save in the third chapter helps you free the dwarves in the seventh and fights off goblins in the final battle.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Between Hamfast Gamgee and Bell Goodchild, who in Tolkien's writings married later on. Though they won't admit it to each other.
  • Cutscene Incompetence: Bilbo is caught very easily by the stronger enemies, even when he has the ring.
    • In one cutscene, Bilbo encounters a goblin who has stolen the Black Arrow and is threatening to kill him with it. Bilbo makes no attempt to attack even though he has easily killed much more powerful goblins.
    • After freeing the dwarves from the spiders, Bilbo runs toward the exit to their cave when he hears three giant spiders who seek revenge. He stops in his tracks, even though there is nothing blocking his path. Immediately afterwards an inescapable web appears in front of the exit.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Bilbo has his moments.
    Lake-town Woman: You certainly are a curious-looking creature.
    Bilbo: Well, I could say the same of you.

    Bofur: This wood is too wet to catch fire!
    Bilbo: Perhaps you need dry firewood.
    • Ugslap, the goblin guard:
    Bilbo: Could you open this gate for me, sir? Please?
    Ugslap: Who are you? A little rabbit got away from the cooks?
  • Elite Mook:
    • The goblins guarding Balfor's cell, although they can be fought later on in the game.
    • Ugslap looks like a typical larger goblin, but he is more agile and has more HP.
  • Fake Action Prologue: The game starts out with Bilbo dreaming about the Battle of the Five Armies, which has yet to occur. During this dream you are invincible, and the controls are explained. Bilbo wakes up upon being surrounded by orcs in a moment of Cutscene Incompetence and the storyline proceeds for real.
  • Follow the Leader: The graphics and gameplay are very similar to The Legend of Zelda.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The last level has Bilbo warned several times about the dangers of battle, yet he can kill the goblins effortlessly. The one exception is a quest in which he must rescue some of the dwarves from them. It's more of a case of Dude, Where's My Respect? from the point of view of the player until you realize that nobody (save possibly Gandalf) knows the exact extent of your exploits, but the higher-ups have no choice but to grudgingly respect them, so naturally, they'll pick him to get from Point A to Point B because that message needs to be delivered as quickly as possible.
  • Giant Spider: There are many different kinds ranging from small to large sizes. The fact that some are venomous makes them literal Demonic Spiders.
  • Green Hill Zone: The Shire, naturally. One of the two levels with no combat, and the only one with no enemies.
  • Hacking Minigame: The lockpicking.
  • Harmless Villain: Krugbit. He spends more time yelling threats then trying to kill you.
  • Helpful Mook: The final level has a rather intimidating looking orc hidden behind a wall. If you walk up to him, he will tell you that he is tired of the fighting, and won't hurt you (you can't hurt him either). He also has a handy supply of healing mushrooms scattered all around him.
  • Inexplicable Treasure Chests: This game has treasure chests everywhere, including part way up trees in Mirkwood. They are colour-coded as wooden, blue or gold. Unlocking them is a minigame involving timing with moving parts, where failure can lead to injury or poisoning.
  • King Mook: The first boss, the Guardian, is a larger version of the armadillo-fox creatures in the "Troll-hole" level.
  • Multi-Platform: For Game Boy Advance, GameCube, and some other systems.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Glóin tells Bilbo, "You have courage, little hobbit. You remind me of my boy, Gimli."
    • Several lesser-known hobbits are shown or mentioned. Bilbo has pictures of his relatives on his wall and calls them by name. Others include Holman Greenhand, Sandyman, Hamfast Gamgee and Bell Goodchild.
    • Many of the puzzles and traps are explained by being placed there by the Witch-King's people.
    • The Necromancer is mentioned a few times. In Thranduil's halls, an elf mentions that the White Council has taken up the fight with him.
    • Balfor insults a goblin, calling him a "filthy spawn of an elf". This alludes to the origin of orcs.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Several citizens of Lake-town refer to the Master as "Calamar".
  • Palette Swap: Bifur and Bofur; Dwalin and Balin; Óin and Glóin. They look the same except for hood and beard colours.
  • Savage Wolves: There are several different kinds as enemies - regular wolves, blue wolves that shoot lighting, and the Wargs at the Battle of Five Armies. Bolg rides a giant one.
  • Scenery Porn: Lampshaded as Bilbo gets a view of Erebor.
    Bilbo: My, what a sight.
  • Stealth-Based Mission: There are many of these, where you need to sneak past enemies such as trolls, goblin guards, Smaug, and when you steal eggs from a henhouse. If failed, you're sent back to the last save. When Bilbo finds the Ring they obviously become easier.
  • Super Drowning Skills: If Bilbo is in water and his feet aren't touching the ground he will die instantly. Justified as Tolkien wrote that most Hobbits never swim. As obstacles, there are waterfalls, rivers, cataracts, whirlpools, and the like.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: In the Game Boy Advance version. This is the Magic Music Box in The Elvenking's Castle. This is "Singing Mountain" from Chrono Trigger. Any questions?
    • Also in the GBA version, some have accused the BGM of Hobbiton of being similar to "Waltz To The Moon" from Final Fantasy VIII, though this hasn't been verified.

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