- 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.