As my Word Fans know, in the last two years I have found a handful more hyphenated words that escaped my 2015 analysis. While I would have been surprised if these few had changed the overall hyphen picture, it’s best to be certain.
This passage is the densest region of hyphens.
[01.117] Swords in these parts are mostly blunt, and axes are used for trees, and shields as cradles or dish-covers; and dragons are comfortably far-off (and therefore legendary). That is why I settled on burglary – especially when I remembered the existence of a Side-door. And here is our little Bilbo Baggins, the burglar, the chosen and selected burglar. So now let’s get on and make some plans.’
[01.118] ‘Very well then,’ said Thorin, ‘supposing the burglar-expert gives us some ideas or suggestions.’ He turned with mock-politeness to Bilbo.
Our graph was created using LEXOS and marked up with GIMP. It acts as a map of the frequency of hyphenated words in The Hobbit across the chapters.