"Anyway, you need people of intelligence on this sort of mission... quest... thing."
Most of my all-time favorite scenes from Middle-Earth come from two of my favorite characters: Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took. I cannot watch or read about them without a smile coming to my face. And the following scene is no exception.
Pippin: Not too happy at all, Merry.
Merry: Still, I suppose the view would be quite nice from up there.
Pippin: Oh, yes. It's a quality establishment. I hear the staff are very good.
(Pippin turns and catches Merry measuring the height of both hobbits)
Pippin: What are you doing?
Merry: Nothing. World's back to normal. That's all.
Pippin: No, it isn't. I'm starving.
Merry: Good luck trying to find something decent to eat around here. Probably only dead rats and moldy bread.
(Pippin finds an apple in the water and plucks it up; both hobbits soon discover a line of food floating from a nearby room, and Pippin drops his apple in favor of a basket of chicken)
Merry: Saruman's storeroom!
Merry: It can't be!
(Pippin opens a barrel)
Pippin: It is!
Merry: Longbottom leaf. The finest pipeweed in the South Farthing!
Pippin: It's perfect! One barrel each! Wait... do you think we should share it with Treebeard?
Merry: Share it? Uh... no. No! He might not understand. Dead plant and all that. Could be a distant relative.
Pippin: Ah, I get it. Don't be hasty.
Merry: Exactly. Bar-hum!
Why is this scene a favorite? Because it ties in so many other scenes from the movies, and it's Merry and Pippin at their best. How can you not watch this and laugh?
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