Bilbo Baggins Hobbit Costume

by kinworm

A Bilbo Baggins Hobbit Costume is a great choice for any Lord of the Rings or Hobbit fan - big or small. Dress as Bilbo from the Shire in just 5 easy steps with these outfit ideas.

Whether you're looking to dress as a young Bilbo from The Hobbit or an old Bilbo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings movies, you'll get lots of ideas on this page where you can buy a Hobbit Costume or put your own together.

Bilbo Baggins is a loveable Hobbit character from The Shire who is persuaded to go on an adventure with 13 dwarves to reclaim some stolen treasure. Get ready for your costume adventure today - and don't forget Bilbo's Sword Sting which you can get from Amazon.

Step 1 - A Basic Bilbo Baggins Costume

Get Creative as there are ONLY Bilbo Baggin Costumes for Kids!

Young or Old Bilbo?

Firstly, decide whether you'll be a young Bilbo Baggins as we have seen in the new The Hobbit movie An Unexpected Journey and the soon-to-be-released The Desolation of Smaug or an old Bilbo Baggins who is present in The Lord of the Rings movies.

At the moment, there are only official Bilbo Baggins costumes for kids and not adults - so you need to put your outfit together which you can do quite easily using the ideas on this page.

The basic Hobbit Costume shown on the right will certainly give you the look of a young Bilbo Baggins Hobbit with the 3-quarter length pants or trousers in a mustard shade, and wine colored jacket. You can purchase an outfit like that as a starting point or put your own together.

Luckily, Frodo's sword is Bilbo's sword too because Bilbo was the one who found the sword called Sting and he passed it on to Frodo Baggins. It lights up blue when orcs are nearby - the real thing does at least, the plastic version uses batteries.

Kids Bilbo Baggins Outfit

The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins Costume
$27.99  $15.78

Step 2 - Bilbo's Hobbit Feet

Large, Bare Feet

Young or old, Bilbo has typical Hobbit feet which means that he doesn't wear shoes and his feet have a slightly larger appearance than you would expect for someone so short in stature. Hobbit feet are normally hairy just past the toes and you'd expect the hair color to match up with the hair on a Hobbit's head.

Hobbit feet can be purchased as costume accessories. You can also get some funny slippers which look like bare and exaggerated feet which would work well too.

If the costume event is an indoor one, you could simply have bare feet and use some skin safe glue to attach some furry fabric to the front of your feet.

For an outdoor event, you could think about some inexpensive white canvas shoes which could be painted using spray paint or acrylic paint to match your flesh tones and then you can easily glue some furry fabric on top which would give you your own DIY hobbit feet.

Find more info on making and buying on my Hobbit Feet Page

Step 3 - Hobbit Accessories

Trademark Bilbo Costume Items

Older Bilbo is instantly recognizable with his smart dress vest waistcoat in an orange red color that he wears over the top of a long-sleeved, white dress shirt with billowing sleeves. The vest has six gold color buttons. This is worn with some cropped brown pants or trousers.

Younger Bilbo Baggins favors wearing suspenders (braces UK) over his dress shirt which features rolled up sleeves.

Either Bilbo might be seen with the Sword called Sting. You can get a costume version of this sword which is often called Frodo's sword. That's because Frodo Baggins used this sword his The Lord of the Rings adventures - but it was Bilbo who gave it to him. And it was Bilbo who first found the sword during his journey in The Hobbit.

Let's not forget the One Ring. Bilbo finds the gold color ring in The Hobbit and he sometimes wears the ring on his finger, especially when he wants to do his vanishing trick. You can buy a costume version of the ring on a chain although Bilbo himself never wears it on a chain - this is how it is worn by his younger cousin, Frodo Baggins.

Step 4 - Make Up and Pointy Ears

Typical Hobbit Make-Up

Hobbit eyebrows often take on a slightly bushy appearance. They don't normally meet in the middle although they sometimes do! You would need some grey stick-on eyebrows for the older Bilbo costume and some brown ones for the younger Bilbo.

No other make-up or special effects are required unless you want to also go so far to have some slightly pointy hobbit ears too! Sometimes Hobbits are depicted with rosy red cheeks becuase they are fond of drinking and eating vast amounts of food.

Step 5 - Typical Halfling Hair

What Type of Hair?

Old Bilbo has rather fluffy and wavy silver grey hair which extends just past his large Hobbit ears. There is a little wavy fringe and no obvious parting. Young Bilbo Baggins has medium brown hair which is also wavy and has a fringe. The length is the same, just below his ears.

Bilbo never has any facial hair such as a beard or mustache. He has a clean shaven face. The brown wig on the left would work pretty well for Bilbo's younger years if it was cut a little shorter.

How to Dress Like Bilbo

Here's a run down of what you need for a Bilbo Baggins Costume:

  • Curly or wavy hair. Old Bilbo has wavy gray hair and the young Bilbo has a medium brown hair. You can get a male curly wig or curl your own hair!
  • Pointy Ears. Hobbits have slightly pointy ears which tend to poke through their hair. Elven ear tips can be bought and fixed on with spirit gum or with liquid latex.
  • Shirt with Long Sleeves Rolled Up. You often see Bilbo wearing a long sleeved shirt and rolled up sleeves.
  • A Vest, Jerkin or Waistcoat. This is a sleeveless jacket that goes over the shirt and buttons up. Often in an earthy color like green or brown.
  • Cropped Pants or Trousers. Male Hobbits wear pants that come below their knees but above their ankles.
  • Bare, Hairy Feet. Hobbits have hardened soles and don't need to wear shoes. Find out how to make and where to buy Hobbit feet: Hobbit Feet Shoes Page
  • Travel Cloak. Bilbo is often seen with a hooded, Elven style traveling cloak.

Other pages of help: Dressing Like Bilbo Baggins

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Updated: on 06/10/2014, kinworm
 
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2uesday on 02/06/2013

The ideas for this costume if used for a fancy dress party are a lot easier to do than some other characters. No need to be a sewing expert to make these outfits so they could be the answer to what to wear for a fancy dress event.

kinworm on 03/15/2012

Thank you, Sheila and Katie. I love the idea of being a hobbit because I'm very small myself - I don't have big, hairy feet though!

sheilamarie on 03/14/2012

Very cool costume idea. Bilbo Baggins would be fun to dress up as.

katiem2 on 03/13/2012

What a cool Bilbo Baggins Hobbit! I can imagine this being the favorite of so many kids. I know if it came in my size I'd wear it. :)



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