It is in this that I especially find myself to be hobbit-like because, like me, "they rather dreaded the after-dinner speech of their host (an inevitable item)." I have never enjoyed such formal farewell addresses and toasts because they tend to be rather stiff and the speaking usually drones on and on - and then on some again - usually saying nothing and very little of interest to any but a few. To my mind, a toast should be witty, memorable, and - above all - brief (which is likely what will most make it memorable).
The longer a speaker goes on, the more hobbit-like I feel: "They all feared that a song or some poetry was now imminent; and they were getting bored. Why couldn't he stop talking and let them drink his health?"
I would love to shout and hammer and cheer and applaud and banter throughout such a speech like the hobbits, but can you imagine the reaction if I actually did so? The majority of people like such a scene in a book or in a movie, but they would rather keep them there. Hence the trouble with being a hobbit.