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Phlosphr
02-01-2007, 12:37 PM
I need a LOTR quote - anyone near a copy or have it memorized...It's during Bilbo's birthday speech where he says something along the lines of ..."I know less than half of you more then half the amount you deserve...."

Or something like that! Damn I need the quote? Anyone know it?

Uvula Donor
02-01-2007, 12:39 PM
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

twickster
02-01-2007, 12:41 PM
2 minutes? Nope, no geeks here. :D

Improv Geek
02-01-2007, 12:46 PM
I would have come in at a respectable 7 minutes!

-- IG

Phlosphr
02-01-2007, 01:14 PM
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
I'm going to try and bring this into a board type meeting this afternoon, I'll check back and tell you how it went.

THANKS A BUNCH!!! :) :) :)

Trunk
02-01-2007, 02:00 PM
The line after that is what always cracked me up.

As I remember it, the hobbits just kind of sat there wondering if it was an insult. After a pause, they decided to break into applause. At least that's how I remember it.

What Exit?
02-01-2007, 02:16 PM
2 minutes? Nope, no geeks here.
Damn, I went to lunch at the wrong time. ;)

Phlosphr, I am looking forward to hearing how it is received.

Jim

DSYoungEsq
02-01-2007, 02:17 PM
The line after that is what always cracked me up.

As I remember it, the hobbits just kind of sat there wondering if it was an insult. After a pause, they decided to break into applause. At least that's how I remember it.
A smattering of applause, but mostly they sit there trying to work it out. Bilbo continues with his speech before they can get it quite worked out. As I recall.

Autolycus
02-01-2007, 03:34 PM
It *is* an insult right? I still get a little confused by it sometimes.

robardin
02-01-2007, 03:37 PM
Yes, it was cautiously interpreted as a subtle insult. The guests also end up a little "grossed out", so to speak.

What Exit?
02-01-2007, 03:44 PM
It *is* an insult right? I still get a little confused by it sometimes.
Depends on how you think Bilbo felt about you. It was very insulting to the Sackville-Baggins, but not insulting at all to the 'small' legion of younger Hobbits that liked the old Baggins. It was also not insulting to those that were sure that others could only like them, as they would "know" that Bilbo was talking about others not them. It was far more subtle than a mere insult.

Jim

Ethilrist
02-01-2007, 04:06 PM
To clarify, the only insult in it is that he is specifically stating that he dislikes some people, some of them undeservedly.

Antigen
02-01-2007, 04:10 PM
The guests also end up a little "grossed out", so to speak.
Tee hee, snort! [/geeky giggle]

kaylasdad99
02-01-2007, 04:56 PM
That really should be "FEWER than half of you", shouldn't it?



Very clever, robardin. ;)

Phlosphr
02-01-2007, 06:05 PM
Well I got a few good laughs, I tweeked it slightly to accomodate my meaning in the meeting, but it went well.
Instead of the original : "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
I said to complete strangers who I am hopiong to get a grant from:
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; but I like more than half of you half as well as you deserve." They chuckled and in the end I got the go-ahead with the project I was seeking. Meaning I got the grant. :)

C K Dexter Haven
02-01-2007, 06:25 PM
They probably figured that anyone clever enough to paraphrase Bilbo was worthy.

NJ_Kef
02-01-2007, 06:27 PM
ProudFEET!



Oh. Wrong thread. Sorry.

What Exit?
02-01-2007, 07:17 PM
ProudFEET!



Oh. Wrong thread. Sorry.
That looks like the right post for this thread. What thread were you looking for?

Jim

sinjin
02-01-2007, 07:53 PM
Wait, so you admitted that you don't appreciate a majority of the audience you were pitching to, and they approved your project anyway?

Easy crowd...

Polycarp
02-01-2007, 09:18 PM
Well I got a few good laughs, I tweeked it slightly to accomodate my meaning in the meeting, but it went well.
Instead of the original : "I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."
I said to complete strangers who I am hopiong to get a grant from:
"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; but I like more than half of you half as well as you deserve." They chuckled and in the end I got the go-ahead with the project I was seeking. Meaning I got the grant. :)

But how did they react when you vanished at the end of the pitch? ::wide-eyed innocent smiley::

Dr. Rieux
02-02-2007, 01:37 AM
NoseFINGERS!

Oh, wrong book. Sorry.

What Exit?
02-02-2007, 08:52 AM
NoseFINGERS!

Oh, wrong book. Sorry.
What, were you feeling bored of the story of the rings?

Polycarp, of course you realize that there was quite a bit more to his speech before he vanished? ;)

Jim

DSYoungEsq
02-02-2007, 09:22 AM
What, were you feeling bored of the story of the rings?

Polycarp, of course you realize that there was quite a bit more to his speech before he vanished? ;)

Jim
Actually, if I recall correctly, there wasn't. He follows the statement about how much he likes people with the words, "And lastly, to make an Announcement!" or something very close to that, then says that it's time to say good bye, and slips the ring on and vanishes in the blinding flash of Gandalf's light.

Someone geekier than I will supply the right words from memory very shortly, I assume. :D

Humble Servant
02-02-2007, 10:32 AM
What, were you feeling bored of the story of the rings?That's completely ridiculous. No one could possibly do something so silly as to be Bored of the Rings.

Phlosphr
02-02-2007, 10:56 AM
Wait, so you admitted that you don't appreciate a majority of the audience you were pitching to, and they approved your project anyway?

Easy crowd...
It was a platonic little ice breaker and it worked well. I got he approval. There were a few LOTR fans who knew the coy little ruse I was trying, and it was actually quite amusing.

saoirse
02-02-2007, 11:43 AM
It was a platonic little ice breaker ...

Thank God for that. If it weren't platonic, you would not want to be quoting Tolkein.

jsc1953
02-02-2007, 12:08 PM
Here we go...verbatim, from "A Long Expected Party"


First of all, to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all, and that eleventy-one years is too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits. Tremendous outburst of approval.
I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. This was unexpected and rather difficult. There was some scattered clapping, but most of them were trying to work it out and see if it came to a compliment.
Secondly, to celebrate my birthday. Cheers again. I should say: OUR birthday. For it is, of course, also the birthday of my heir and nephew, Frodo. He comes of age and into his inheritance today. Some perfunctory clapping by the elders; and some loud shouts of ‘Frodo! Frodo! Jolly old Frodo,’ from the juniors. The Sackville-Bagginses scowled, and wondered what was meant by ‘coming into his inheritance’. Together we score one hundred and forty-four. Your numbers were chosen to fit this remarkable total: One Gross, if I may use the expression. No cheers. This was ridiculous. Many of his guests, and especially the Sackville-Bagginses, were insulted, feeling sure they had only been asked to fill up the required number, like goods in a package. ‘One Gross, indeed! Vulgar expression.’

DSYoungEsq
02-02-2007, 12:17 PM
Ah, well, I was wrong. Age, and all that you know. :eek: :o

What Exit?
02-02-2007, 12:26 PM
Here we go...verbatim, from "A Long Expected Party"
Ah, well, I was wrong. Age, and all that you know. :eek: :o
Thanks jsc1953, I do not have my books at work. I was going to have to wait until late tonight.

Jim

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