What more could a host do for travelling guests?   If any hotel chain is clever enough to adopt this as their charter, please let me know; I will go and stay, and if they meet the charter, will promote their hospitality.  The full quotation alongside.

Source: JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit (London: HarperCollins, 1995), p. 48-49


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‘I wish I had time to tell you even a few of the tales or one or two of the songs that they heard in that house.  All of them, the ponies as well, grew refreshed and strong in a few days there. Their clothes were mended as well as their bruises, their tempers and their hopes.  Their bags were filled with food and provisions light to carry but strong to bring them over the mountain passes.  Their plans were improved with the best advice.’

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