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'Can we-' began Frodo.

'Half a minute, if you please!' shouted the man over his shoulder, and vanished into a babel of voices and a cloud of smoke. In a moment he was out again, wiping his hands on his apron.

'Good evening, little master!' he said, bending down. 'What may you be wanting?'

'Beds for four, and stabling for five ponies, if that can be managed. Are you Mr. Butterbur?'

'That's right! Barliman is my name. Barliman Butterbur at your service! You're from the Shire, eh?' he said, and then suddenly he clapped his hand to his forehead, as if trying to remember something. 'Hobbits!' he cried. 'Now what does that remind me of? Might I ask your names, sir?'

'Mr. Took and Mr. Brandybuck,' said Frodo; 'and this is Sam Gamgee. My name is Underhill.'

'There now!' said Mr. Butterbur, snapping his fingers. 'It's gone again! But it'll come back, when I have time to think. I'm run off my feet; but I'll see what I can do for you. We don't often get a party out of the Shire nowadays, and I should be sorry not to make you welcome. But there is such a crowd already in the house tonight as there hasn't been for long enough. It never rains but it pours, we say in Bree.

'Hi! Nob!' he shouted. 'Where are you, you woolly-footed slow-coach? Nob!'

'Coming, sir! Coming!' A cheery-looking hobbit bobbed out of a door, and seeing the travellers, stopped short and stared at them with great interest.

'Where's Bob?' asked the landlord. 'You don't know? Well find him! Double sharp! I haven't got six legs, nor six eyes neither! Tell Bob there's five ponies that have to be stabled. He must find room somehow.' Nob trotted off with a grin and a wink.

'Well, now, what was I going to say?' said Mr. Butterbur, tapping his forehead. 'One thing drives out another, so to speak. I'm that busy tonight, my head is going round. There's a party that came up the Greenway from down South last night – and that was strange enough to begin with. Then there's a travelling company of dwarves going West come in this evening. And now there's you. If you weren't hobbits, I doubt if we could house you. But we've got a room or two in the north wing that were made special for hobbits, when this place was built. On the ground floor as they usually prefer; round windows and all as they like it. I hope you'll be comfortable. You'll be wanting supper, I don't doubt. As soon as may be. This way now!'

He led them a short way down a passage, and opened a door. 'Here is a nice little parlour!' he said. 'I hope it will suit. Excuse me now. I'm that busy. No time for talking. I must be trotting. It's hard work for two legs, but I don't get thinner. I'll look in again later. If you want anything, ring the hand-bell, and Nob will come. If he don't come, ring and shout!'


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Jul. 1st, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Oh, yay! You got it up! I was worried when I wasn't home to help you out, but it looks like you didn't need me after all.

I'll try to listen to it tomorrow, when I have a chance at the DH's laptop. (The speakers on my comp are messed up.)
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
I've the feeling I shouldn't have let it post on my own page. I didn't think about that. Or is that how this is supposed to work?

Thank you for all the help and for introducing me to the reading group :-)
Jul. 11th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Yes, you are supposed to post it on your own journal-- you can't voice-post to a community. Then lbilover collects the links to all the posts and makes a master post on the community for each chapter.

I *STILL* haven't had a chance to listen! The one day he left his computer home, I kept getting interrupted by phone calls and other things! *sigh*
Jul. 12th, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
Hopefully you'll get time this weekend.

Love ya!
Jul. 1st, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
I like it very much!
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad you enjoyed it, Christopher! :-)
Jul. 10th, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
I *finally* got time to listen to this. You read beautifully, Pearl!
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you m'dear! :-)
Jul. 3rd, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh, you did so great! Wow, you have such a wonderful reading style, so full of expression. I'm really, really glad you decided to join in! Thank you very much. :D:D:D
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, lbilover :-) I enjoy reading aloud and it is much more fun if I put some feeling into it.

Thank you for thinking of this for a group project.
Jul. 3rd, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
That was delightful!
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much.
Jul. 4th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
That Butterburr is a caution and no mistake! I think he has ADD! :-O

Nicely read!
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I know he does, I have it too and he's just like me. LOL
Jul. 4th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
I like your Butterbur better than the film version. Really well done. :)
Jul. 10th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Aw. *blushes* Thank you,Tweedle.
Sep. 6th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Well, I *FINALLY* got a chance to listen! I love getting to hear your voice-- you read this just beautifully!
Sep. 6th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Dreamflower!

I really need to remember to listen to some of these myself. Your comment on mine was a good reminder.

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