Blink, to shine briefly or to briefly close one’s eyes (as though something just shone in them) occurs a handful of times in the work. It may come through Old English blican. Yet there is a different meaning. The Online Etymology Dictionary explains that Tom the Troll’s use of “blinking” in Chapter 2 “as a euphemism for a stronger word” is attested by 1914.
- 01.044 he said, blinking.
- 02.045 “Never a blinking bit of manflesh
- 04.044 The blink of red torches could be seen
- 05.087 and made his eyes blink
- 05.136 Bilbo blinked,
- 06.067 that could look at the sun unblinking,
- 08.042 and blink.
- 10.028 and stood blinking
Harper, Douglas. “Blinking”. Online Etymology Dictionary. Web.