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I watched Lord of the Rings, and I saw a change in Bilbo when he had to give up the ring. He became mad and didn't want to part with it. When Bilbo was giving gifts to Frodo he gave him a shirt and when Frodo unbuttoned his shirt the ring was there on a chain wrapped around his neck. Bilbo told Frodo he wanted to hold it again one last time, and while Frodo was rebuttoning his shirt Bilbo kind of turned into a monster and tries to get the ring back from Frodo. That part scared me I wasn't expecting that from Bilbo. Why did he want the ring back so badly?

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The ring turns its owner selfish and paranoid. It stirs up greed, petty anger, fear and other monstrous emotions. That's the corrupting power of the ring. And that's what surged up in Bilbo during that encounter.

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In short: The ring's influence on him (similar to how Gollum wants the Ring back as well). In the hands of Bilbo, the ring is far easier to be reclaimed by Sauron, as such it tries to manipulate him once again.

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Mmm...not sure about that. If Sauron was able to manipulate it that much, how did Gollum evade Sauron for a few hundred years? What's not to say that the ring wouldn't have hidden with Bilbo the same way? –  JohnP May 9 '14 at 20:55
I don't think Gollum was evading Sauron so much as Sauron wasn't ready to do anything yet. When he was ready to put things in motion, Gollum lost the ring and Bilbo found it. It was at that point, Sauron needed the ring to come into the light. –  Paulster2 May 9 '14 at 20:59
"In the hands of Bilbo, the ring is far easier to be reclaimed by Sauron" - There is no evidence of this. How did you come to this conclusion? –  Bobby Alexander May 11 '14 at 13:22
@BobbyAlexander First of all, Bilbo is older than Frodo, even with his life being prolonged by the ring. Also he used the ring "just for fun", whereas Frodo always tried to avoid using it. And last but not least, Bilbo had the ring for a much longer time, as such I'd assume the influence over him would be a lot bigger. –  Mario May 11 '14 at 14:17
@Mario Your conclusion is non canon. There is nothing in the book to support this. Thats the reason i asked. –  Bobby Alexander May 11 '14 at 14:20

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