Little

Here you go, Profrssor Dickieson! The OED notes on the history of the word are quite extensive! Little is to Germanic “lite” as Mickle or Michel (as in Delving) is to “much”.

• 1.002 and many little round doors opened out of it,
• 1.004 a little people,
• 1.004 There is little or no magic about them,
• 1.006 and I have only heard very little of all there is to hear,
• 1.012 and even a little cross.
• 1.028 A little stiff perhaps,
• 1.035 A little beer would suit me better,
• 1.043 as if some naughty little hobbit-boy was trying to pull the handle off.
• 1.046 The poor little hobbit sat down
• 1.051 A little red wine,
• 1.070 and brought back little fiddles;
• 1.071 from the little window that opened
• 1.086 What about a little light?’
• 1.091 may require a little brief explanation-‘
• 1.092 the poor little hobbit could be seen kneeling on the hearth-rug,
• 1.093 Excitable little fellow,’ said Gandalf,
• 1.095 As soon as I clapped eyes on the little fellow
• 1.096 As for little fellow bobbing on the mat
• 1.100 and let’s have a little light on this!’
• 1.110 He was only a little hobbit you must remember.
• 1.117 And here is our little Bilbo Baggins,
• 1.123 not even mend a little loose scale of their armour.
• 1.124 They looked very grim but they said very little.
• 1.142 and went to his own little bed very tired
• 2.002 Then he had a nice little breakfast
• 2.002 to a nice little second breakfast
• 2.026 (a little weather-stained)
• 2.035 and there was mighty little left for supper,
• 2.037 and anything was better than little supper,
• 2.049 and put his little hand
• 2.060 yer nassty little rabbit,” said he looking at the hobbit’s furry feet;
• 2.064 “Poor little blighter,” said William.
• 2.064 “Poor little blighter!
• 2.071 But his poor little feet had been very squashed
• 3.018 but he was a little frightened of them too.
• 3.024 “You are a little out of your way,” said the elf:
• 3.031 Yet there is little to tell about their stay.
• 4.002 and his little hobbit-hole.
• 4.005 or splintered into little bits with a bang.
• 4.014 that they had brought little Bilbo with them, after all.
• 4.023 (with poor little Bilbo at the back
• 4.024 of those excellent little ponies,
• 4.024 including a jolly sturdy little white fellow
• 4.024 with little Bilbo tugging at the end of the row.
• 4.046 bring a wretched little hobbit
• 5.004 his hand came on the hilt of his little sword –
• 5.004 the little dagger that he got from the trolls,
• 5.007 and trotted along with his little sword held
• 5.012 He had a little boat,
• 5.034 This’ll puzzle the nasty little underground creature,
• 5.054 Fish on a little table,
• 5.062 he gripped on his little sword;
• 5.064 in its nassty little pocketses?’
• 5.077 and held out his little sword.
• 5.080 Show the nassty little Baggins the way out, yes, yes.
• 5.088 and its nassty little sword will be useless,
• 5.089 in his wicked little mind,
• 5.106 and fell flat with his little sword under him.
• 5.110 He hurried a little,
• 5.145 and the poor little hobbit dodged this way and that,
• 6.003 out of the little high valley,
• 6.007 and not a bad little chap.
• 6.033 now we are a little rested,’
• 6.033 but it will give us a little light to steer by.’
• 6.041 (like the little hobbit)
• 6.070 there had been little rain for some time.
• 6.074 But, funny little birds, they had no wings!
• 6.074 O what shall we do with the funny little things?
• 6.075 Fly away little birds!
• 6.075 Come down little birds,
• 6.075 Sing, sing little birds!
• 6.076 Go away! little boys!’
• 6.076 Also naughty little boys that play with fire get punished.’
• 6.083 Poor little Bilbo
• 6.086 of quite a little cliff;
• 6.097 in a weak little voice that nobody heard.
• 6.100 in his own little hole at home.
• 7.003 It is a fair morning with little wind.
• 7.010 There was a little cave
• 7.012 and I need a little help myself.
• 7.014 and a little hungry.
• 7.038 And what’s this little fellow?’ he said,
• 7.048 and a little one at that,’ said Beorn.
• 7.093 and little short thick legs for Gandalf
• 7.095 and paid little heed to them.
• 7.106 For him there was a little mattress of straw
• 7.116 big ones, little ones;
• 7.116 little ones dodging through big ones
• 7.117 I should say there were little bears,
• 7.117 where we had our pleasant little party
• 7.120 still puzzling his little head about Beorn,
• 7.121 Little bunny is getting nice
• 7.126 and on a little of which they could march far.
• 8.001 Soon the light at the gate was like a little bright hole far behind,
• 8.002 they could see a little way to either side
• 8.005 from a little distance,
• 8.006 in the little flicker of the flames.
• 8.021 and with a piece of stick fended off the little black boat
• 8.053 who was a little way ahead,
• 8.074 till day came with some little light,
• 8.092 in what appeared to be a now dry little watercourse.
• 8.101 Here am I, naughty little fly;
• 8.102 Out came his little sword.
• 8.104 He had precious little time,
• 8.110 you nasty little creature!
• 8.112 His little sword was something new
• 8.114 and little use on their legs.
• 8.125 and it was from little Bilbo that they seemed to expect to get the answers.
• 9.007 but he got little more news out of them than out of Thorin.
• 9.010 but not to be allowed to pass the doors of their little prisons,
• 9.014 when he heard Bilbo’s little voice
• 9.027 but glad as he was to get out of his wearisome little stone room,
• 9.037 There was little time to lose.
• 9.042 He’s been having a little feast all to himself
• 9.054 poor little Bilbo caught hold of it
• 9.061 by a little jutting cape of hard rock.
• 9.063 and he actually dozed a little on some dry leaves,
• 10.003 and little used end
• 10.008 But men remembered little of all that,
• 10.009 into the little bay of Lake-town.
• 10.038 and Smaug chopped up into little pieces.
• 10.039 the dwarves’ good feeling towards the little hobbit
• 10.043 and a little frightened;
• 11.004 There was little grass,
• 11.014 and they turned into a little steep-walled bay,
• 11.016 and so at last without mishap they reached the little grassy bay.
• 11.020 but they used to call the little grassy space
• 11.021 Their spirits had risen a little
• 11.023 They seemed to love the little shut-in bay
• 11.032 The little moon was dipping to the horizon.
• 12.006 and they did not mind the poor little fellow doing it
• 12.008 but his little face was set
• 12.012 Through it peeps the hobbit’s little head.
• 12.017 while the little hobbit toiled back up the long tunnel.
• 12.020 Could there be a draught from that little hole?
• 12.021 in vain at the little hole,
• 12.032 and the little high-walled bay had kept out his fiercest flames.
• 12.041 Already they had come to respect little Bilbo.
• 12.101 till their little lofty camping ground,
• 13.001 Little they ate
• 13.001 and little they spoke.
• 13.013 perhaps we can make a little light,
• 13.018 They saw the little dark shape of the hobbit
• 13.019 Slowly it grew to a little globe of pallid light.
• 13.025 it seemed a thin little noise
• 13.042 a line of little lights
• 14.011 Still they had a little time.
• 14.016 where but a little time ago
• 14.037 He thought much but said little,
• 14.038 and there was little food
• 15.023 We have little time to lose.’
• 15.024 And little food to use!’
• 15.031 That night the dwarves slept little.
• 15.035 in Bilbo’s little hobbit-hole.
• 16.003 the beginnings of a plan had come into his little head.
• 16.017 was not easy for the little hobbit.
• 16.018 if it is that queer little creature that is said to be their servant.’
• 17.019 He will get little enough,
• 18.003 After a while as his head cleared a little,
• 18.017 and go where it is of little worth,
• 18.020 He was a kindly little soul.
• 18.021 was a little delayed,
• 18.035 that we should give you little.
• 18.048 some little return should be made for your, er, hospitality.
• 19.017 A little sleep does a great cure
• 19.047 but you are only quite a little fellow

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