Mountain-king

  • 10.035 At the Mountain-king’s return!

This wonderfully nuanced word is found in OED.

 mountain king  n.

1834   F. D. Hemans Songs of Captivity iv, in National Lyrics 168   I dream of some proud bird, A bright-eyed mountain king.
1954   J. R. R. Tolkien Fellowship of Ring ii. x. 416   Like a lost child that had clambered upon the throne of mountain-kings.
2000   World & I (Electronic ed.) 1 Nov. 167   Among the Lapps, it was said that the northern lights originated in a battle between the god Thor and the mountain king.

Since there are other examples before and after, I wonder how we count this one?  I can see it both ways – and I will ask advice of you all in the blog, September 19, 2017.

UPDATE – Since the other examples do not have the hyphen, this is a JRRT original form of the word.

“mountain, n. and adj.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, June 2017, http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/122893. Accessed 19 September 2017.

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