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The latest in our series of exclusive Lizzie Bennet Diaries interviews – Hypable spoke to The LBD Transmedia Producer Jay Bushman about his recent Streamys win, his work on the show, and what transmedia is all about, anyway.

It’s been Lizzie Bennet Diaries mania here on Hypable. Last week we brought you the first in our series of interviews, with the stars of the show:

Mary Kate Wiles: part one, part two | Ashley Clements: part one, part two

Now it’s time to look behind the scenes at one of the most innovative and interactive elements of this Pride and Prejudice adaptation – the use of transmedia. So what is transmedia all about? We decided to go straight to the source – to Jay Bushman, Transmedia Producer on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Hypable’s Exclusive interview with Jay Bushman

Hypable: First, congratulations on your early win at The Streamy Awards. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries won Best Interactive Program, how does that feel?

Jay Bushman: The Streamy Award, along with the IAWTV [for Best Interactive/Social Media Experience] award last month, is hugely gratifying. Especially since I’ve spent – and still spend – a lot of time trying to convince skeptical producers and executives that this kind of storytelling is workable, powerful, engaging and worth the effort. So this kind of validation from the community is incredible and humbling. And I hope it’s a sign that more people will want to explore this kind of storytelling in the future.

It’s also nice because now I can relax during the actual ceremony and cheer on the rest of the team nominated in the other categories.

[Authors note: The Lizzie Bennet Diaries also picked up the Streamy for Best Writing: Comedy (for Bernie Su)]

What is your definition of ‘transmedia’?

Alas, that’s actually a really complicated subject. We have a joke – put two transmedia creators in a room and pretty soon they’ll have three definitions of transmedia. But the short version is “telling stories over multiple platforms.” The term encompasses many different variations on that.

The two big ones are: 1) multiple standalone stories on multiple types of media that all are connected to the same storyworld – Star Wars or The Matrix are good examples of that, and 2) telling a single cohesive story over several different channels, which is the style of transmedia that we use. These two different branches of transmedia have a lot in common, but they also face unique and separate challenges, which is one of the things that I think leads to the term being so confusing.

I tend to fall into the second category; I’m mainly interested in single stories that come at you from multiple directions. I also find the term “transmedia” to be inherently limiting – it implies value in the simple number of different platforms that get used, rather than the unique story qualities of moving a story around over a number of digital channels. It leads to checklist thinking, that in order to have a “real transmedia” project, there’s some threshold of number of platforms that have to be used.

I fully expect the term transmedia to be superseded at some point by something else. We just don’t have that term yet. But in the future, I think we’ll look back at the word as something like “kinescope” or “zoetrope” – an archaic term used for a short period of time as an evolutionary step towards something much bigger.

But for now, transmedia is the term we have, and it’s the way I describe what I do so I can get hired for work.

How did you become involved with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Whose idea was it to include all of the transmedia elements?

I’ve known Bernie [Su, co-creator, executive producer, head writer and director] for several years, and we’d been looking for a way to work together. Back in 2011, I saw him at the first Storyworld Conference – a convention for transmedia and multi-platform storytellers – and he told me that it gave him a bunch of ideas. I had already been developing a modern take on Pride and Prejudice, but had stalled a bit on cracking the adaptation and had put it aside.

Early in 2012, when a mutual friend found out that Bernie was doing LBD and wanted to add some transmedia elements, she suggested that he reach out to me. Bernie gave me the rundown on the concept, and I jumped at the chance to join the team. It was a perfect fit.

Who decides which storylines are included on the various social media platforms you use?

Everything starts in the writer’s room. We break the stories for each arc, and decide what belongs on camera and what doesn’t. For major story beats, I’ll look at what ends up in the episodes and try to find ways that transmedia can complement the action, show viewers what’s going on from a different perspective of characters who don’t belong on camera at that point, or ways to bridge episodes together. I’ll discuss ideas with Alex [Edwards, transmedia editor] and Bernie and we’ll decide on a course of action.

For some of the other transmedia elements, individual people have a certain amount of autonomy to decide what to do in the moment. Rachel [Kiley, writer for The LBD and spinoff The Lydia Bennet] does a fantastic job with Lydia’s tweets and her choices of which to mark as favorites. Alex has control of Gigi’s music choices, and has used them to tell a great story about that character’s evolution, even before she ever appeared on screen. I had the idea for Caroline’s Thanksgiving ordeal the night before, and I wrote it on the spot.

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Hypable sat down with Transparent‘s Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor to discuss the life-changing experience of telling one of TV’s most compelling stories.

“You may be laughing at her, but your heart may be breaking too.” This single line from Jeffrey Tambor sums up Amazon Prime’s Transparent. Entering its third season, the break out comedy from writer, director, producer Jill Soloway pulls you into the Pfefferman family and delivers a gut punch straight from the start.

This is nothing new for the streaming series, but somehow you keep going back for more. Season 3, now available on Amazon Prime, is no different. In fact, the first episode alone demands you to pause the auto-play feature and take a deep breathe to process. The entire show is about processing, reflecting, and growing. Actions are quick, mistakes are lofty, but the aftermath, where the processing begins, is where the show lives and thrives.

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Hypable sat down with Transparent‘s Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor to discuss the life-changing experience of telling one of TV’s most compelling stories.

“You may be laughing at her, but your heart may be breaking too.” This single line from Jeffrey Tambor sums up Amazon Prime’s Transparent. Entering its third season, the break out comedy from writer, director, producer Jill Soloway pulls you into the Pfefferman family and delivers a gut punch straight from the start.

This is nothing new for the streaming series, but somehow you keep going back for more. Season 3, now available on Amazon Prime, is no different. In fact, the first episode alone demands you to pause the auto-play feature and take a deep breathe to process. The entire show is about processing, reflecting, and growing. Actions are quick, mistakes are lofty, but the aftermath, where the processing begins, is where the show lives and thrives.

Nothing is done for a laugh. Rather the laughs of this “comedy” arrive out of discomfort, the kind of laugh that breaks the silence at an awkward family dinner because your mind and body don’t know what else to do.

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Ahead of Tambor’s second consecutive Emmy win for Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Hypable sat in on a roundtable conversation with Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light. They both spoke with such care for the show and gratitude for their characters Maura and Shelly. “Maura is not a character you just put down and walk away from. She stays with me and it’s invited,” said Tambor.

The comfort and trust that filled the space between the two actors was palpable. The duo began their careers together over 30 years ago and yet it took Transparent to push them both well beyond their comfort zone with the infamous bath scene from season 2. Slight spoilers for season 2 ahead.

“I went to Jill and told her I was terrified,” Light said. The scene takes place one night in the midst of Maura and Shelly’s cohabitation as the pair are going through their nightly routines. Maura’s transition left Shelly without the one person she felt cosmically bound to and yet here she was in her bathroom. Trying to recapture the sexual spark of their relationship, Maura crosses a personal boundary she didn’t know she created with herself and gave Shelly a fleeting feeling that maybe everything doesn’t have to change.”

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In order to create that feeling of intimacy and close in on just Maura and Shelly in that moment, Jill Soloway cleared the entire building, including video village.

“Before we started, [Jill] had us all stand there and take a moment of silence that the scene would be received in the way we wanted to give it. Which was to talk about something that was not talked about forever, as far as I can tell, in the way of mature people and their sexuality,” said Light.

Light, Tambor, and Soloway all wondered how an audience would react to such a scene. Those fears were quickly put to rest as Light explained, “People responded from every generation in the most excited and generous way. We think we know what people want to see and then you have a show like Transparent and you realize they really do want to see that.”

History plays a large role in the Pfefferman family dynamic. Not just the shared history of long nights around the dinner table and cancelled bat mitzvahs, but rather inherited family trauma. Shelly and Maura dive into their personal histories and the history of their shared relationship in season 3, exploring through flashbacks what drew them together.

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Season 3 leaves room for a noticeable change in focus, leaning on Shelly finding her voice. While this may be something that will cause viewers to cringe at the mere thought of, it was a shift that Tambor embraced for his counterpart.

“Freedom is very powerful and when it does happen sometimes you don’t know the boundaries… Of course [Shelly] is going to go on Twitter, of course she is going to go on the back of a motorcycle because she is free,” said Tambor.

Light expanded to include, “[Shelly] doesn’t see that everyone is rolling their eyes at her in some way or another, but that is what I think is so powerful about the show and Jill’s brilliance in the show — creating somebody who is very human and very flawed in so many different ways… This is one of those stories where somebody is coming into one of their own their own voice and doing it very clumsily and very badly.”

Freedom to explore her own transformation in light of Maura’s move to pull away from her leads Shelly to give temple talks and explore what her personal rebranding under the handle, “To Shell and Back” could do for her. Tambor continued, “This is a woman who could not make up her mind to what channel her husband would like, so thank God she is on Twitter and making these mistakes.”

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There is an important conversation both Light and Tambor agree needs to come of the relationship between Shelly and Maura — acceptance of other’s true authentic self, whatever that may mean. Light explained, “Maura has allowed herself to be oppressed by society and live in an oppressive society. It took her 70 years to come out and be her authentic self and it’s something we need to be discussing more because it’s the topic of how we relate to each other or how we relate badly to each other.”

Going forward into season 3, Transparent places Mort and Shelly in pre-transition life where the kids argued over the name of a pet turtle and even further back where Mort, at age 12, began to realize the weight of the struggle that comes with feeling trapped in the wrong body.

Echoing his earlier sentiments about playing Maura, Tambor explained what it was like going back and playing Mort, a task he had not done since season 1. “I found myself saying, ‘I have trouble doing it.’ I felt very actory, but I felt very, very comfortable as Maura… these are not characters you put down at night or during the summer, they stay with you.”

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Tambor carries Maura with him every day, opting to wear her ring on his pinkie all year round. “She’s so profound and it’s such a profound change in all of our lives.”

What else can we expect to see in season 3 between Maura and Shelly? Light revealed a takeway about their relationship saying, “They always have their eye on each other. They are always on each other’s radar. I don’t think that is going to go away… When Maura says the things that she does, they either hurt or they remind Shelly of how much love there is between the two of them.”

Transparent seasons 1-3 are now available to stream on Amazon Prime.

Back to school season means just one thing: Looking for ways to procrastinate. Luckily, there are a bunch of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix in September 2016.

Netflix has lots of great new movies and TV shows streaming in September 2016, which is great for those of us who’d rather focus on anything but work or school. All four Jaws movies (yes, there are four) are now available, as is the classic musical Footloose and a more recent musical, Sweeney Todd.

Arguably most notable: Walt Disney Animation’s 2016 hit Zootopia is now streaming on Netflix. This is the first movie in a new longterm deal between Disney and Netflix that will find many new Mouse House, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar movies coming to the streaming service sooner rather than later!

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Back to school season means just one thing: Looking for ways to procrastinate. Luckily, there are a bunch of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix in September 2016.

Netflix has lots of great new movies and TV shows streaming in September 2016, which is great for those of us who’d rather focus on anything but work or school. All four Jaws movies (yes, there are four) are now available, as is the classic musical Footloose and a more recent musical, Sweeney Todd.

Arguably most notable: Walt Disney Animation’s 2016 hit Zootopia is now streaming on Netflix. This is the first movie in a new longterm deal between Disney and Netflix that will find many new Mouse House, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and Pixar movies coming to the streaming service sooner rather than later!

TV wise there’s lots to look forward to. The latest seasons of The Walking Dead, Supergirl, Shameless, Gotham, New Girl, and Penny Dreadful are all available. Check out the full list below to see all new TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. There are many new additions!

On the Netflix Originals front, the biggest release in September 2016 is the series premiere of Marvel’s Luke Cage. Read our Luke Cage review!

New Movies TV Streaming on Netflix September 2016: Luke Cage

New movies, TV shows streaming on Netflix: September 2016

Available September 1
The Amityville Horror (2005)
Babel (2006)
Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker (2013)
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Bratz: The Movie (2007)
Burn, Burn, Burn (2015)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Crashing: Season 1
Defiance (2008)
Easy Fortune Happy Life (2009)
Europe’s Last Great Wilderness (2015)
The Fierce Wife (2010)
Footloose (1984)
Full Out (2015)
Game Winning Hit: Season 1
Heartland: Season 7
Hellevator: Season 1
Hoot (2006)
Hope Floats (1998)
I Am the Ambassador: Season 1 ­NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE
Indochina’s Wild Heart (2015)
The IT Crowd: Series 5
Jaws (1975)
Jaws 2 (1978)
Jaws 3 (1983)
Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
Joyful Noise (2012)
Keepers of the Game (2016)
Last Holiday (2006)
Lucky Days: Season 1
Man on Wire (2008)
Milk Money (1994)
Practical Magic (1998)
Road Trip (2000)
Sam Kinison: Breaking the Rules (2000)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Shameless (U.S.): Season 5­ – 6
Stomp the Yard (2007)
Sweeney Todd (2007)
Top Gun (1986)
True Grit (1969)
U­571 (2000)
The Wicker Man (2006)
Wild Madagascar (2015)
The Womanizer: Season 1
The Year of Happiness and Love: Season 1

New on Netflix September 2016

Available September 2
Baby Daddy: Season 5
Chef’s Table: France NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kazoops!: Season 1 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kulipari: An Army of Frogs ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Narcos: Season 2 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Young & Hungry: Season 4

Available September 6
Crash (2004)
The Finest Hours (2015)
Hard Target 2 (2016)
Honey 3 (2016)
R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: One Night in Doom House (2016)

Available September 7
The Blacklist: Season 3
Galavant: Seasons 1­ – 2

Available September 10
Supergirl: Season 1

Available September 13
Extremis (2016) ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hawaii Five­0: Season 6
London Has Fallen (2015)

Available September 14
Goldie & Bear: Season 1

Available September 15
Sample This (2012)
The Walking Dead: Season 6

Available September 16
Cedric The Entertainer: Live from the Ville ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)
The White Helmets (2016) ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available September 17
3 Days to Kill (2014)
Luther: Season 4
Penny Dreadful: Season 3

Available September 19
Call the Midwife: Series 5
Gotham: Season 2

Available September 20
Colliding Dreams (2016)
New Girl: Season 5
Zootopia (2016)

Disney movies streaming on Netflix Zootopia

Available September 22
Bones: Season 11
Easy: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Wallander: Series 4

Available September 23
Audrie & Daisy (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Iliza Shlesinger: Confirmed Kills ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Last Man Standing: Season 5
Longmire: Season 5 ­NETFLIX ORIGINAL
VeggieTales in the House: Season 4 NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available September 24
Portlandia: Season 6
River (2016)

Available September 25
Family Guy: Season 14
Margaret Cho: PsyCHO (2015)

Available September 28
The Fosters: Season 4 (Part A)
The Imitation Game (2014)

Available September 30
Amanda Knox (2016) NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel’s Luke Cage: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Scream: Season 2

Movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in September 2016

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Gone as of September 23
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
A Walk to Remember (2002)
Anywhere but Here (1999)
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013)
The Color Purple (1985)
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Days of Thunder (1990)
Defending Your Life (1991)
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Everybody Loves Raymond: Seasons 1­ – 9
Exporting Raymond (2010)
Flight of the Intruder (1991)
Girl Rising (2013)
Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009)
Hardball (2001)
The Haunting (1999)
Nick Cannon: Mr. Showbiz (2011)
Our Man in Tehran (2013)
Primal Fear (1996)
Roboshark (2015)
Roman Holiday (1953)
S.W.A.T. (2003)
Sins of My Father (2009)
Spanglish (2004)
Traffic (2000)
The Weather Man (2005)
The Wood (1999)
Zoolander (2001)
Melissa & Joey: Seasons 1­ – 4
Shanghai Knights (2003)
Gabe the Cupid Dog (2012)
Hollywood Homicide (2003)
My Babysitter’s a Vampire: The Movie (2010)
The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Fringe: Seasons 1­ – 5
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talkin’ About (2013)
Gridiron Gang (2006)
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Gimme the Loot (2012)
Simon Killer (2012)
Something, Anything (2014)
The Lost Medallion (2013)

Leaving September 24

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Leaving September 25
Alias: Seasons 1­ – 5
Jobs (2013)

Leaving September 28

Open Water (2004)
Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)

Leaving September 30
666 Park Avenue: Season 1
Another Gay Movie (2006)
The Aviators (2008)
League of Super Evil: Season 1
We Were Soldiers (2002)
Wolf (2013)

What new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix will you watch this month?

20 Frodo and Bilbo Baggins quotes to sweep you off your feet

Alive or dead dragons, I wouldn't dare laugh at either.

11:30 am EDT, September 22, 2016

It’s Hobbit Day, aka Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday! To celebrate, we’ve got the wittiest, wisest, and best Frodo and Bilbo quotes from all four books.

Best Frodo and Bilbo quotes:

  1. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  2. Frodo: “‘Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'”
    Sam: “Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun. I was serious.”
    Frodo: “So was I.”
    – Frodo and Sam, The Two Towers, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
  3. “Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
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  5. “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
  6. “Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  7. “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Short Cut to Mushrooms
  8. “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.”
    – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Long Expected Party
  9. “There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Homeward Bound
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It’s Hobbit Day, aka Frodo and Bilbo Baggins’ birthday! To celebrate, we’ve got the wittiest, wisest, and best Frodo and Bilbo quotes from all four books.

Best Frodo and Bilbo quotes:

  1. “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  2. Frodo: “‘Frodo wouldn’t have got far without Sam, would he, dad?'”
    Sam: “Now, Mr. Frodo, you shouldn’t make fun. I was serious.”
    Frodo: “So was I.”
    – Frodo and Sam, The Two Towers, The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
  3. “Victory after all, I suppose! Well, it seems a very gloomy business.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  4. frodo-baggins-sam-quotes

  5. “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things, Sam.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
  6. “Farewell, King under the Mountain! This is a bitter adventure, if it must end so; and not a mountain of gold can amend it. Yet I am glad that I have shared in your perils – that has been more than any Baggins deserves.”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  7. “Short cuts make delays, but inns make longer ones.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Short Cut to Mushrooms
  8. “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.”
    – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, A Long Expected Party
  9. “There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Homeward Bound
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  11. “Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!”
    – Bilbo to himself, The Hobbit, Inside Information
  12. “Yes, you have seen a thing or two since you last peeped out of a looking-glass.”
    – Frodo to himself, The Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings
  13. “Bother burgling and everything to do with it! I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, Roast Mutton
  14. “It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, The Scouring of the Shire
  15. “‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. ‘You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.'”
    – Frodo quoting Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, Three is Company
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  17. “I will take the Ring, though I do not know the way.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Council of Elrond
  18. “So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, The Return Journey
  19. “I can manage it. I must.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, Mount Doom
  20. “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not today. Good morning! But please come to tea – any time you like! Why not tomorrow? Come tomorrow! Good-bye!”
    – Bilbo, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
  21. “It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.”
    – Frodo, The Return of the King, The Grey Havens
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  23. “All that is gold does not glitter,
    Not all those who wander are lost.”
    – Bilbo, The Fellowship of the Ring, Strider
  24. “I should like to leave the Shire, if I could – though there have been times when I thought the inhabitants too stupid and dull for words, and have felt that an earthquake or an invasion of dragons might be good for them. But I don’t feel like that now. I feel that as long as the Shire lies behind, safe and comfortable, I shall find wandering more bearable: I shall know that somewhere there is a firm foothold, even if my feet cannot stand there again.”
    – Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Shadow of the Past

Tell us your favorite Frodo and Bilbo quotes in the comments!