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Bilbo Baggins and His Daemon by LJ-Todd Bilbo Baggins and His Daemon by LJ-Todd
More The Hobbit daemon!AU art.

Blurb about Bilbo Baggins and his giant otter daemon, Nuala:

Most Hobbits had small daemons. Birds, cats, dogs. Daemons that an Outsider could very easily understand a Hobbit having. But Bilbo Baggins of Bag End was most certainly not most Hobbits. From a young age his Nuala had preferred taking forms that were considered large by Hobbit standards. For nearly a month she had remained in the form of a massive hound dog that had made little Bilbo look even littler. Folks said the daemon would eventually grow out of such habits, that she'd settle as something a good, respectable Hobbit would have.

Only that wasn't quite the case.

When she did settle, her form was large and when she stood on her hind legs she towered over Bilbo by nearly a foot-and-a-half. His mother had merely smiled and said there was a reason Yavaana had gifted him with such a daemon, even if the reason wasn't yet clear to him.

The night the Dwarves had come spilling into his house Nuala had hidden in his room, avoiding the strangers as she was want to do, given that most tendered to openly stare at her. Even when the journey began, when Bilbo joined the quest, Nuala moved with the group but at a distance, under the bushes and out of sight. At least until the night with the trolls. When the trolls had grabbed Bilbo, the Dwarves dropping their weapons to save their burglar, Nuala had launched herself from the bushes, attacking one troll, screeching like a banshee.

After the ordeal was over, the trolls turned to stone, Bilbo had sat for a while, fussing over Nuala who, after attacking the trolls, had been grabbed and thrown against the Dwarves. There were still slivers of pain wracking their bodies and Bilbo was doing his best to push them away with gentle touches and soft words.

He did not notice the looks the Dwarves continued to shoot his way, all curious about his daemon, though none yet had the courage to ask.


Nuala is an Gaelic name meaning "white shoulder"

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smartiepants94 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Surprised you didn't choose a hedgehog for Bilbo, lol
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LJ-Todd Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
choosing Bilbo's daemon was a challenge, and I'll admit I did contemplate the hedgehog, but then I decided to go with something unexpected
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SapphireShelle91 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Have you written a fanfic for all you wonderful Daemon fanwork? Because if you have, I'd love to read them.
This is awesome!
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LJ-Todd Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't written anything yet, though there are a few fics planned for some of the daemon work, once I start writing and posting those fics I'll provide links :D
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SapphireShelle91 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
AWESOME!
Can't wait. Your Daemon series are so completely awesome. I love them. Can't wait to see more and to read your fanfics :D
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kinghuffy2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Nuala: Are you sure that we should be doing this, Bilbo? The world is a dark, cruel place for Hobbits like you and daemons like me.

Bilbo: We'll never get another chance like this, Nuala old girl. We must go.
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LJ-Todd Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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kinghuffy2 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
Nuala: I just hope you know what you are doing, Bilbo Baggins!
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LJ-Todd Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*snickers*
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kinghuffy2 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Bilbo: I know what I'm doing!
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