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Bilbo Baggins Is a Girl: Slate


Martin Freeman and Graham McTavish in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

Until children’s books catch up to our daughters, rewrite them.

By , Slate.com

My 5-year-old insists that Bilbo Baggins is a girl.


The first time she made this claim, I protested. Part of the fun of reading to your kids, after all, is in sharing the stories you loved as a child. And in the story I knew, Bilbo was a boy. A boy hobbit. (Whatever that entails.)


But my daughter was determined. She liked the story pretty well so far, but Bilbo was definitely a girl. So would I please start reading the book the right way?