Were you enchanted by the word and number play of The Faerie Queen, too, Word Fans? I’m pleased to report that by word count, and including Chapter titles, the very middlemost word of The Hobbit is “creeping”.
[08.058] After a good deal of creeping and crawling they peered round the trunks and looked into a clearing where some trees had been felled and the ground levelled. There were many people there, elvish-looking folk, all dressed in green and brown and sitting on sawn rings of the felled trees in a great circle. There was a fire in their midst and there were torches fastened to some of the trees round about; but most splendid sight of all: they were eating and drinking and laughing merrily.
Pivotal moment? Yes, indeed!