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.