Muffle

What a scene!  Giant spiders, Thorin & Company captive, but Tolkien writes it for physical humour:

[08.089] To the fattest of these bundles the spider went – ‘It is poor old Bombur, I’ll bet,’ thought Bilbo – and nipped hard at the nose that stuck out. There was a muffled yelp inside, and a toe shot up and kicked the spider straight and hard. There was life in Bombur still. There was a noise like the kicking of a flabby football, and the enraged spider fell off the branch, only catching itself with its own thread just in time.

  • 08.089 There was a muffled yelp inside,

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