In Chapter 4, goblins chuckle who have taken Thorin & Company prisoner.  In Chapter 12, it is Smaug who chuckles at Bilbo’s riddling titles for himself.  The rest of the time, we have beneficent chuckles.  I think we must tag this one both “low” (as in comfortable, homey chuckling) and “high” (as in dangerous, adventurous).  OED tells us it’s an echoic word; other words are called imitative and still others are onomatopoetic.  For now I am calling them all onomatopoeia, and perhaps my understanding will grow; I will share the difference with you as soon as I know it, Word Fans!

  • 04.017 and chuckled
  • 06.015 that he just chuckled inside
  • 07.069 and burst into a chuckling laugh:
  • 07.121 he chuckled.
  • 07.123 he chuckled fiercely to himself.
  • 08.126 and chuckling to himself.
  • 12.058 and he chuckled

“chuckle, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 22 May 2015.

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