‘SNL’: Martin Freeman Plays Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Office: Middle Earth’

Saturday night was a good night for Martin Freeman fans. Along with hosting “Saturday Night Live,” the actor combined two of his best known roles — pint-sized Bilbo Baggins from “The Hobbit” trilogy and Tim Canterbury from BBC’s “The Office.”

Being a hero doesn’t always pay the bills. We learn that Baggins has found himself working at a paper company — a tame job compared to his last adventures — and now drives a Jetta.

“Umm, what have I been up to?” Freeman explained in an “Office”-style interview. “I went on a quest and saved Middle-earth. I became a bit of a hero. Did the noble thing and turned down loads of treasure. Yeah, so the brave Hobbit Bilbo Baggins now works at a paper company.”

Bobby Moynihan played Gandalf, who serves as Baggins’ boss at the paper company, and his co-workers include Gollum, played by Taram Killam. At least Baggins gets some joy in his day from pranking Gollum, putting a ring in a plate of Jell-O.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” starring Freeman as the famous Baggins, will hit theaters Dec. 17. Watch the “SNL” clip below.

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