A Brick in the Valley

A Tolkien Quote
December 15, 2007, 2:43 am
Filed under: Quotes, Uncategorized

Hopefully my sermons have more clarity than Bilbo’s eleventy first birthday speech. 

Addressing his community, the enigmatic Bilbo said:

 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. 

Tolkien continued:

This was unexpected and rather difficult.  There was some scattered clapping and most of them were trying to work it  out and see if it came to a compliment (The Fellowship of the Ring, 54-55, emphasis his).

There is no particular significance to the quote, that I know of. . . I like it in any case.

“I am going.  I am leaving now.  Good-bye (page 55).”


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For the life of me, I can’t understand what Bilbo said …

But it’s so true!


Gunny, there has to be a place for you to use this in your homiletics classes.

Thanks, btw, for the list of hom books. It was helpful to know what you use.

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