'The Hobbit' stars read 'The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins'

Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and the stars of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" do a dramatic reading of the song Spock made a hit in the swingin' '60s.

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First released as a single, "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins" by Charles Randolph Grean pays homage to Tolkien's "The Hobbit" and was sung by Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy. It became a folk hit in the late '60s, and was rediscovered decades later by fans on YouTube.

In this IGN video, the stars of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" perform a dramatic reading of Nimoy's famous song. The video proves once again that actor Benedict Cumberbatch can make even a campy song sound like a Shakespearean sonnet.

And here's the original music video of Nimoy singing "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins." Nimoy, still in his signature "Star Trek" coiffure, sings alongside go-go dancers wearing pointed ears worthy of both Vulcans and Hobbits.

 

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