Our lucky hobbit is keeping us on our toes…  I have always been curious about “the unexpected luck of widow’s sons” – is it a fairy tale reference?  Is there a frisson of Freemasonry referred to?  I do not find “unlucky” or “unluckily” in the text.

A graph of the frequency of words based on chance, fate, fortune, and luck may be found here.

  • 1.017 and the unexpected luck of widows’ sons?
  • 1.099 and have all the bad luck you like,
  • 1.123 (I was one luckily –
  • 1.132 Your father went away to try his luck
  • 2.112 very luckily,
  • 2.125 if we’re lucky,
  • 4.002 (which was lucky),
  • 5.057 Bilbo was saved by pure luck.
  • 5.069 who had luckily just taken his hand out again.
  • 6.033 and that is lucky.
  • 6.059 Luckily it was warm
  • 7.011 and good luck I have done it.
  • 7.127 you must depend on your luck
  • 7.142 That depends on your luck
  • 7.151 and with a tremendous slice of luck you may come out one day
  • 8.002 that had the luck to slip
  • 8.002 and still more luck
  • 8.032 cursing their ill luck,
  • 8.065 when Dori stumbled across him by sheer luck.
  • 8.075 It was lucky that he had come to his senses
  • 8.080 and by luck
  • 8.102 but luckily not a proper web,
  • 8.104 if a spider had not luckily left a rope hanging down;
  • 8.125 as well as luck
  • 9.025 for he saw that luck was with him
  • 9.025 Luck of an unusual kind was with Bilbo then.
  • 9.058 and he wondered if he would die of it before the luck turned,
  • 9.059 The luck turned all right before long:
  • 9.060 Luckily he was very light,
  • 9.064 Luckily there was no sun at the time to cast an awkward shadow,
  • 10.003 he had been more lucky than he had guessed.
  • 11.018 Luckily for him that was not true,
  • 12.002 and if I may say so possessed of good luck
  • 12.004 Perhaps I have begun to trust my luck
  • 12.008 After a while Balin bade Bilbo ‘Good luck!’
  • 12.033 Luckily they had saved enough of their stores
  • 12.037 on some new turn of luck
  • 12.044 and blessed the luck of his ring.
  • 12.052 I was chosen for the lucky number.’
  • 12.053 But lucky numbers don’t always come off.’
  • 12.063 you will be lucky.’
  • 12.066 Mr. Lucky Number
  • 12.079 Luckily the whole head
  • 13.013 and have a look round before the luck turns.’
  • 13.040 and we have tempted luck too long!’
  • 18.014 I began to wonder if even your luck would see you through!
  • 18.039 and good luck,
  • 19.047 and escapes were managed by mere luck,

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