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In The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo was celebrated his 111th birthday. Then he gave the Ring to his nephew (Frodo Baggins), after being confronted confronted by his friend Gandalf the Grey. How old was Frodo at that time ?

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    This is such a low effort question. Its mentioned in the first few pages of the book and first few minutes of the movie. – user20155 Jun 30 '14 at 12:10
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    It is, but not, IMO, deserving of a downvote – The Fallen Jun 30 '14 at 14:31
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it can easily be answered with a simple google search. – Moogle Jul 1 '14 at 15:57
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    @SSumner The tooltip for the downvote button says "This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful." – NobodyNada - Reinstate Monica Mar 10 '15 at 18:35
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    Yes, thought I deleted it. – Mo1 Feb 16 '17 at 4:58
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33

Remember that they "summed up 144 years" and that it was also the majority birthday for Frodo. This is all explicit in the book (no English quotable text at hand, mine is a translation).

"Bilbo was going to be eleventy-one, 111, a rather curious number and a very respectable age for a hobbit (the Old Took himself had only reached 130); and Frodo was going to be thirty-three, 33) an important number: the date of his 'coming of age'." (From book 1 chapter 1)

  • 144 is also the sum of the (invited) guests: A dozen dozen (12*12=144) guests as Bilbo put it (above all he says that, because it's impolite to count Hobbits in dozens) – Einer Jun 30 '14 at 10:05
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    "Bilbo was going to be eleventy-one, 111, a rather curious number and a very respectable age for a hobbit (the Old Took himself had only reached 130); and Frodo was going to be thirty-three, 33) an important number: the date of his 'coming of age'." (From book 1 chapter 1) – Meat Trademark Jun 30 '14 at 10:14
  • Thanks for editing and adding the quote, Meat and Simon – Envite Jun 30 '14 at 10:21
  • @Einer AFAIR counting hobbits by the dozen wasn't what was offensive - it was using the term 'one gross' (and implying they were invited to pad out the numbers) – HorusKol Jun 30 '14 at 23:08
  • @HorusKol You might be right. Read the books in German translation. Maybe the gross / dozen aspect was lost then. – Einer Jul 1 '14 at 8:22
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The combined ages of Bilbo and Frodo were 144, therefore Frodo would have been 33 (they shared the same birthday, hence Bilbo referring to "Our Birthday.") As Einer mentions this is a dozen dozen, in English this is a gross, but the word gross can also mean very rude or coarse, vulgar; when used as an adjective. Thus some of the Hobbits taking offence at being referred to as a gross.

The invitations were limited to twelve dozen (a number also called by the hobbits one Gross, though the word was not considered proper to use of people); and the guests were selected from all the families to which Bilbo and Frodo were related, with the addition of a few special unrelated friends (such as Gandalf).

The Lord of the Rings Book One, Chapter 1: A Long-expected Party

  • Have you got any reference for this? – Moogle Jul 1 '14 at 15:54
  • The modern meaning of gross as something unpleasant didn't exist so this is incorrect. They were mildly objecting to being counted by the dozen, or gross, like eggs or bags or flour rather than individuals. – TheMathemagician Jul 22 '16 at 11:37

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