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Sunday Quotations: May 15, 2011

May 15, 2011

In honor of the beginning of filming for the movie version of The Hobbit (so exciting!), here is one of my favorite quotes from that favorite book:

“Good Morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.

“What do you mean?” he said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”

“All of them at once,” said Bilbo. “And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain. If you have a pipe about you, sit down and have a fill of mine! There’s no hurray, we have all the day before us!”

“Good morning!” he said at last. “We don’t want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water.” By this he meant that the conversation was at an end.

“What a lot of things you do use ‘Good morning’ for!” said Gandalf. “Now you mean that you want to get rid of me, and that it won’t be good till I move off.”

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

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