Bilbo

A rapier or sword. So called from Bilba'o, in Spain, once famous for its finely-tempered blades. Falstaff says to Ford:

“I suffered the pangs of three several deaths; first, an intolerable fright, to be detected ... next, to be compassed, like a good bilbo ... hilt to point, heel to head; and then ...” —Merry wives iii: 5.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Bilbo from Fact Monster:

  • Theodore Gilmore Bilbo - Bilbo, Theodore Gilmore Bilbo, Theodore Gilmore, 1877–1947, U.S. senator (1935–47), b. ...
  • The Hobbit Quiz: 1 - The Hobbit Quiz Read about J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings. Question 1: How many dwarves ...
  • Lord of the Rings, Who's Who - The primary characters in the Fellowship of the Ring
  • Frodo Baggins - Biography of Frodo Baggins, Heroic ring-bearer in The Lord of the Rings
  • J.R.R. Tolkien - Biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, The author of The Lord of the Rings

Related Content