“Loaf” presents us with a little mystery. Thorin says that the Lake-men will not get “even a loaf’s worth” of treasure. Does he mean “the value of a ‘prized-loaf’ (obsolete, an official assized bread-price)” or “a pile of coins the weight of an ‘assize-loaf’ (obsolete, an official assized weight of bread)?
- 06.100 though really he would have liked a loaf
- 07.116 he had eaten two whole loaves
- 09.063 carrying a loaf
- 15.050 not even a loaf’s worth,
“loaf, n.1.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 13 May 2015.
Update 2016.05.18: It is not impossible that I, Dear Readers, when searching through my word-hoard for this word lit on a sufficient substitute: “skein”.