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Oh, what the heck. Maybe there are still some freshmen out there who’ve never seen the video of “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins,” as performed by Leonard Nimoy – and a bevy of swinging ’60s back-up dancers. The song was originally recorded in 1968 and was released on The Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy. For some reason, kitsch fans became more hung up on William Shatner’s bizarre musical career instead. “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” was pretty much forgotten until the Internet happened and started bringing up everybody’s deep dark secrets. Actually, this tribute to The Hobbit turns out to be one of the best songs on the album. The song was definitely targeted to the college audience back then, too. Just consider how the track called “Spock Thoughts” is really just a retitled take on the ’60s epic hippie poem “Desiderata.” (“Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit.”) Anyway,check out “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” before heading off to see the big-screen Hobbit opening today. Just don’t bring it up to Nimoy if you ever meet the guy – he’s pretty cool with it, but, you know, the poor guy’s already running into Star Trek fans all the time…

Leonard Nimoy Bilbo Baggins Meme

What do you think of Leonard Nimoy’s “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”? Will you be seeing The Hobbit? Let us know!