Watch this mashup for the ages: The Hobbit gets an Office job

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Two of England’s most critically acclaimed cultural exports — J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Ricky Gervais’ The Office — have been spliced into one by the Saturday Night Live crew in one of the best SNL parodies in recent memory. The connecting sinew between the two is actor Martin Freeman, who first rose to prominence playing the role of the self-deprecating Tim Canterbury in the original UK series of The Office, before going on to star as Dr. Watson opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock and as the young(ish) Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s cinematic retelling of The Hobbit.

The SNL skit tells the anticlimactic tale of what happens to Bilbo after his dragon-fighting adventure is over, with general manager Gandalf making…

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