Here’s some great news for Lord of the Rings. Ian Holm played the character of Bilbo, rather brilliantly, in the Lord of the Rings films. Though the character of Bilbo is much younger in The Hobbit and has thus been recast to be played by Martin Freeman, it looks like Holm will still make an appearance as the character.
The first hint of this came during director Peter Jackson’s recent video blog from the set, which closed with narration that sounded a lot like Ian Holm as Bilbo. Actually, it wasn’t, just Martin Freeman doing the character (a nice indication of just how good Freeman may be at this), but that got people asking questions. A few moments ago Hobbit director Peter Jackson answered.