The current sense of “glimpse” – a passing view – blends with the archaic meaning of “a flash” as Tolkien uses it in The Hobbit. Glimpses of treasure – was that the twinkle? or the dwarves’ view of the twinkle? I am, as ever, delighted.
- 03.018 Soon Bilbo caught glimpses of them
- 05.124 a glimpse of endless unmarked days
- 05.130 a glimpse of light.
- 06.001 and plains glimpsed occasionally between the trees.
- 08.003 he could catch glimpses of them whisking off the path
- 09.062 Also he had caught a glimpse of a fire through the trees,
- 11.021 in which he sometimes thought he could catch glimpses
- 11.029 he could see a glimpse of the distant forest.
- 12.076 that the hobbit had already caught a glimpse
- 13.023 and caught a glimpse of great passages
- 13.032 The mere fleeting glimpses of treasure
“glimpse, n.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 11 May 2015.