Cold

Does it seem to you that Chapter 5 is coldest, Word Fans? It does to me, too. I searched for colds, coldly, colder and more; “cold” is the only form of the word in the work.

• 1.057 And just bring out the cold chicken
• 1.073 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 1.077 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 1.144 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 2.028 but now it was cold
• 4.002 It was getting bitter cold up here,
• 4.048 shining cold
• 5.002 what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel.
• 5.002 but sat down on the cold floor
• 5.010 it was icy cold.
• 5.012 and deadly cold.
• 5.046 As cold as death;
• 5.051 it is cold
• 5.060 with that nasty wet cold thing sitting next to him,
• 5.105 The ring felt very cold
• 5.126 and his eyes gleamed cold
• 5.128 cold fish,
• 6.059 but in the cold
• 6.087 it seemed very cold.
• 7.001 only cold mutton
• 7.099 The wind came down from mountains cold,
• 8.006 Although it was not yet very cold,
• 9.050 and was pushed over into the cold water some feet below.
• 9.053 Up the heavens cold and steep;
• 9.054 into the cold dark water
• 9.058 but he was shivering with the cold,
• 9.059 The breeze was cold but better than the water,
• 9.062 and ragged clothes clinging to him cold
• 9.064 He was no longer dripping but he felt cold all over.
• 10.005 and had a nasty cold
• 10.012 in the cold water
• 10.014 and are cold
• 10.039 and he had besides a shocking cold.
• 10.045 and winds were cold,
• 11.003 They spent a cold
• 12.091 and it is cold.
• 13.050 But, ow! this wind is cold!’
• 13.062 It’s a cold lonesome place,’ said Bombur.
• 13.071 more removed from the cold outside.
• 13.071 when the first cold stars came out.
• 14.025 and cold.
• 14.026 shivering in the cold wind,
• 14.031 if they prefer the cold stones under the shadow of the Mountain
• 14.038 and cold
• 14.043 but was stretched cold as stone,
• 15.041 Now call we over mountains cold,
• 16.008 It is mighty cold!’ said Bombur.
• 16.017 and fell into the cold water with a splash.
• 16.024 from this cold cheerless place,’
• 17.050 Their hatred for the goblins is cold
• 18.001 but cold,

Mountain

Thank you, Brenton Dickieson, for the kind shout-out on your C. S. Lewis-centered blog, a Pilgrim in Narnia. You have given me the fortitude I need – and the reassurance that this will be useful to someone! – to continue on to the next poem-song in The Hobbit.

While we have many “mountain-” hyphenated words in the concordance, the word “mountain” itself has had to wait until today for its turn. As you know, the beautiful landscape descriptions of Middle-earth are detailed and gorgeous; we have 243 mentions of the word.

Word Fans, do you see what I see in the Mirkwood chapters? We… may have another clue on “what makes Chapter 8 so strange?”

• 1.073 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 1.077 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 1.081 The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
• 1.082 Far over the misty mountains grim
• 1.083 and see the great mountains,
• 1.102 It is a plan of the Mountain.’
• 1.103 I remember the Mountain well enough
• 1.104 in red on the Mountain,’ said Balin,
• 1.111 which has been made to look exactly like the side of the Mountain.
• 1.116 under the shadow of the Mountain.
• 1.116 through the great cliff at the South of the Mountain,
• 1.122 to this Mountain on the map.
• 1.122 and my grandfather was King under the Mountain again,
• 1.122 overshadowed by the Mountain.
• 1.123 and the pine-trees on the Mountain creaking
• 1.123 on our mountain
• 1.123 but I don’t suppose any one lives nearer to the Mountain
• 1.132 but he never got near the Mountain.
• 1.136 and the Mountain are more than big enough tasks for you!’
• 1.144 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 2.030 and mountains in the north.
• 2.038 and are too near the mountains.
• 2.046 since we come down from the mountains.
• 2.106 or they go back to the stuff of the mountains they are made of,
• 2.125 from the mountains
• 3.001 they saw that the great mountains had marched
• 3.002 “Is that The Mountain?” asked Bilbo
• 3.003 “That is only the beginning of the Misty Mountains,
• 3.003 to the Lonely Mountain
• 3.005 also it is very necessary to tackle the Misty Mountains
• 3.007 to find the Last Homely House west of the Mountains.
• 3.007 and up to meet the feet of the nearest mountain,
• 3.008 and the mountains.
• 3.009 from the ford to the mountains
• 3.034 but strong to bring them over the mountain passes.
• 3.037 in the mountains.
• 3.039 in the mountains!” said Elrond.
• 3.050 over the Misty Mountains to the land beyond.
• 4.001 that led up into those mountains,
• 4.003 they had spoken gaily of the passage of the mountains,
• 4.003 in the Lonely Mountain,
• 4.004 over those great tall mountains
• 4.004 in the mountains at night,
• 4.010 in the mountains were seldom unoccupied.
• 4.012 in the side of the mountain.
• 4.017 in the heart of the mountains can see through.
• 4.030 in the mountains at all,
• 4.031 of these truly hospitable mountains,” said Thorin,
• 4.040 in the very mountain’s heart.
• 5.011 in the hearts of mountains:
• 5.012 down at the very roots of the mountain.
• 5.022 into the dark under the mountains.
• 5.027 Mountain,
• 5.055 And beats high mountain down.
• 5.133 the orcs of the mountains,
• 5.146 into a narrow valley between tall mountains;
• 6.001 behind the mountains.
• 6.002 I seem to have got right to the other side of the Misty Mountains,
• 6.026 in that part of the mountains.
• 6.027 said Gandalf, ‘or soon there will be no getting over the mountains at all.’
• 6.030 who was acquainted with this part of the mountains;
• 6.034 and come right down through the heart of the mountains,
• 6.041 that here stood right up the mountain slope
• 6.045 The sun had long gone behind the mountains.
• 6.050 that lived under the shadow of the goblin-infested mountains,
• 6.061 Goblins do not usually venture very far from their mountains,
• 6.062 to come by night upon some of the villages nearest the mountains.
• 6.063 goblin soldiers would be coming down from the mountains;
• 6.066 at the eastern edge of the mountains.
• 6.067 The Lord of the Eagles of the Misty Mountains had eyes
• 6.068 But the ancient race of the northern mountains
• 6.068 or drive them from the mountains.
• 6.069 and they flew away from the mountains,
• 6.070 and on this eastern side of the mountains
• 6.087 The pale peaks of the mountains
• 6.093 sitting with their backs to the mountain wall.
• 6.094 in the mountains,
• 6.094 from the dreadful mountains.
• 6.100 So ended the adventures of the Misty Mountains.
• 7.002 as off rose fifteen great birds from the mountain’s side.
• 7.002 and the mountains were falling back behind them into the distance.
• 7.005 like a last outpost of the distant mountains,
• 7.011 over the mountains,’
• 7.012 if we had not left the mountain pass
• 7.022 and ancient bears of the mountains
• 7.023 sinking towards the Misty Mountains,
• 7.023 That is why I believe he once came from the mountains himself.’
• 7.041 in the mountains.’
• 7.047 I was coming over the mountains
• 7.082 in the old days he had known the very part of the mountains
• 7.089 the sun had fallen behind the peaks of the Misty Mountains
• 7.094 of the wild lands on this side of the mountains,
• 7.095 and that after the mountains
• 7.099 The wind came down from mountains cold,
• 7.102 It passed the lonely Mountain bare
• 7.117 from the Mountains.
• 7.117 on the east side of the Misty Mountains,
• 7.122 and right back up into the mountains –
• 7.122 shadowed by the mountains
• 7.130 their path would have led them down a stream from the mountains
• 7.130 been far to the south of the Lonely Mountain,
• 7.130 and though here the Mountains too drew down nearer,
• 7.130 that led almost straight towards the Lonely Mountain.
• 7.132 with the mountains dark on their left,
• 7.132 and the peaks of the mountains glowered against the sunset
• 7.151 of the Grey Mountains,
• 7.151 the Lonely Mountain where dear old Smaug lives,
• 8.131 and mountains)
• 9.019 and especially against the dragon of the Mountain.
• 9.053 Leave the northern mountains steep,
• 10.002 there loomed the Mountain!
• 10.002 The Lonely Mountain!
• 10.003 in the Mountain,
• 10.003 in the direction of the Mountain).
• 10.005 and did not like the way the Mountain seemed to frown at him
• 10.005 and the Mountain receded again,
• 10.006 which pointed towards the Mountain,
• 10.008 of the dwarf-kings of the Mountain,
• 10.018 in the mountain,
• 10.020 son of Thror King under the Mountain!’
• 10.021 as if they expected the Mountain to go golden
• 10.029 son of Thror King under the Mountain!
• 10.032 than the return of the King under the Mountain,
• 10.034 of the King under the Mountain;
• 10.035 The King beneath the mountains,
• 10.035 The woods shall wave on mountains
• 10.039 He had not forgotten the look of the Mountain,
• 10.041 and as far northward towards the Mountain
• 10.042 and his company must go on towards the Mountain.
• 10.043 was really the grandson of the King under the Mountain,
• 11.001 and now they could all see the Lonely Mountain
• 11.001 even for the night so near the shadow of the Mountain.
• 11.003 to a great spur of the Mountain
• 11.005 of the Mountain all the same
• 11.005 The Mountain lay dark
• 11.006 the western spurs of the Mountain for the hidden door,
• 11.006 turned from the Mountain on its road to the Lake,
• 11.006 shadowed by the Mountain’s arms
• 11.007 The mountain’s sides were green with woods
• 11.008 between the arms of the Mountain.
• 11.010 and in the halls under the Mountain then –
• 11.013 and walled with lower spurs of the Mountain.
• 11.014 which turned north across the face of the Mountain.
• 11.019 and higher on to the mountain;
• 11.021 of the Misty Mountains small
• 12.007 and stole into the Mountain.
• 12.012 right at the Mountain’s root.
• 12.019 in the mountain underneath
• 12.021 since first he came to the Mountain!
• 12.022 To hunt the whole mountain
• 12.041 down into the Mountain.
• 12.068 to the Mountain
• 12.072 The King under the Mountain is dead
• 12.091 He will break all this side of the Mountain to bits,
• 12.096 beneath the roots of the Mountain,
• 12.096 the Heart of the Mountain,
• 12.100 in the Mountain!
• 12.101 when a blow smote the side of the Mountain
• 12.102 towards the west of the Mountain,
• 12.103 who is the real King under the Mountain!’
• 13.019 the Heart of the Mountain.
• 13.019 from the heart of the mountain long ago,
• 13.048 between the arms of the Mountain,
• 13.051 the arms of the Mountain into the valley,
• 13.053 at the South-West corner of the Mountain.’
• 13.059 I hope he is not up on the Mountain looking down at us!’
• 13.067 There were several places like it round the Mountain.
• 13.068 said Dori, who was always looking up towards the Mountain’s peak,
• 14.002 From their town the Lonely Mountain
• 14.005 Perhaps the King under the Mountain
• 14.006 the only king under the Mountain we have ever known.’
• 14.008 The King beneath the Mountain!’
• 14.008 The river is running gold from the Mountain!’
• 14.020 in the Mountain
• 14.022 of the true king under the Mountain,
• 14.031 if they prefer the cold stones under the shadow of the Mountain
• 14.035 of the fabled treasure of the Mountain
• 14.040 right to the pinewoods of the Misty Mountains;
• 14.042 which had at first been direct towards the Mountain,
• 14.044 north to the Mountain.
• 15.001 and the crows that still lived about the Mountain
• 15.014 Now I am the chief of the great ravens of the Mountain.
• 15.015 back again to the Mountain
• 15.021 in the mountains of the North,
• 15.023 Back now to the Mountain!’
• 15.025 Back to the Mountain!’
• 15.028 were hurrying toward the Mountain.
• 15.032 King under the Mountain,
• 15.033 right between the arms of the Mountain.
• 15.036 Under the Mountain dark and tall
• 15.040 The mountain throne once more is freed!
• 15.041 Now call we over mountains cold,
• 15.042 Under the Mountain dark
• 15.043 before Dain could reach the Lonely Mountain,
• 15.045 King under the Mountain?’
• 15.056 calling himself the King under the Mountain,
• 15.058 I declare the Mountain besieged.
• 15.059 He had by now had more than enough of the Mountain,
• 16.005 But they cannot reach the Mountain unmarked,’
• 16.037 the Heart of the Mountain;
• 17.024 as King under the Mountain,’ said Gandalf.
• 17.031 round the eastern spur of the Mountain
• 17.033 in the Mountain,
• 17.033 between the Mountain
• 17.034 to go straight on to the Mountain.
• 17.034 encircle the whole mountain;
• 17.036 to come thus beneath the Mountain’s arm!
• 17.040 in the Mountain,
• 17.044 of the Misty Mountains
• 17.044 and in all the mountains there was a forging
• 17.044 and beneath the great mountain Gundabad of the North,
• 17.044 and they hastened night after night through the mountains,
• 17.044 which divided the Lonely Mountain from the hills behind.
• 17.045 between the arms of the Mountain;
• 17.045 to overrun the Mountain itself,
• 17.046 over the shoulder of the Mountain,
• 17.047 To the Mountain!’
• 17.047 To the Mountain!
• 17.048 before the Mountain’s feet
• 17.048 driving wildly up between the arms of the Mountain,
• 17.053 Goblins had scaled the Mountain
• 17.053 of the Mountain
• 17.055 Out leapt the King under the Mountain,
• 17.059 for the assault from the Mountain
• 17.065 except from the southern shoulders of the Mountain.
• 18.018 Farewell, King under the Mountain!’
• 18.018 and not a mountain of gold can amend it.
• 18.021 in the mountains
• 18.021 under the great Eagle of the Misty Mountains;
• 18.021 It was not long before they had freed the Lonely Mountain,
• 18.024 and the mountains had peace for many a year.
• 18.030 They buried Thorin deep beneath the Mountain,
• 18.031 There let it lie till the Mountain falls!’
• 18.032 and he became King under the Mountain,
• 18.038 and turning towards the Mountain he added:
• 18.043 and the beginning of the Grey Mountains.
• 18.051 The goblins of the Misty Mountains were now fewand terrified,
• 18.051 between the mountains
• 18.051 from the Misty Mountains
• 18.053 There far away was the Lonely Mountain
• 19.030 “And under mountains in the moon.”
• 19.043 in the lands of the Mountain.

What the dwarves started to sing…

This morning, I celebrate reaching the goal of even one poem thoroughly concordanced:

[01.064] Chip the glasses and crack the plates!
Blunt the knives and bend the forks!
That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates
Smash the bottles and burn the corks!

[01.065] Cut the cloth and tread on the fat!
Pour the milk on the pantry floor!
Leave the bones on the bedroom mat!
Splash the wine on every door!

[01.066] Dump the crocks in a boiling bowl;
Pound them up with a thumping pole;
And when you’ve finished, if any are whole,
Send them down the hall to roll!

[01.067] That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates!
So, carefully! carefully with the plates!

Not bad at all. I have left out:

  • The – 13 times
  • And – 5 times
  • On – 4 times
  • A – 2 times
  • Is – 2 times
  • Them – 2 times
  • That – 2 times
  • With – 2 times
  • What – 2 times
  • When – 1 time
  • If – 1 time
  • Every – 1 time
  • Any – 1 time
  • In – 1 time
  • Up – 1 time
  • Down – 1 time
  • To – 1 time
  • You – 1 time
  • Have – 1 time
  • Are – 1 time

Care

This word is sprinkled pretty evenly throughout, and I’ve included every iteration from “carelessly” to “carefully” in our search.

• 1.049 Carefully!
• 1.049 Carefully!’ he said.
• 1.063 please be careful!’
• 1.067 So, carefully! carefully with the plates!
• 1.067 So, carefully! carefully with the plates!
• 1.114 as quiet and careful as we could,
• 2.049 warming to his new work as he lifted it carefully out,
• 2.113 jumbled carelessly on shelves
• 2.126 Please be more careful,
• 3.018 Not that they would care;
• 3.025 not if you care for such things.
• 3.026 and careful,
• 4.025 and anyway goblins don’t care who they catch,
• 5.012 but he took care they never found him out.
• 5.130 the only thing he had ever cared for,
• 5.132 Careful now,
• 5.133 in spite of all care,
• 6.004 so he crept forward carefully.
• 6.015 very carefully
• 6.016 has crept along carefully
• 7.018 and you must be careful not to annoy him,
• 7.020 and I was explaining very carefully,’
• 7.095 and Beorn did not appear to care for such things:
• 7.126 to last them for weeks with care,
• 7.151 There is, if you care to go
• 7.153 take care of yourselves –
• 8.006 were careful never to let their bodies show
• 8.007 for they were extremely careful with their provisions.
• 8.020 Carefully!
• 8.033 as if he no longer cared for all the troubles that vexed them.
• 8.045 They did not care tuppence about the butterflies,
• 8.054 not caring if it was trolls or goblins.
• 8.125 They had to have the whole vanishing business carefully explained,
• 9.027 and locked it again carefully as soon as the dwarf was outside.
• 10.003 and the care of the banks.
• 10.018 but they were not keeping very careful watch,
• 10.040 and Bilbo was careful never to become invisible.
• 12.008 and warned by the echoes to take more than hobbit’s care
• 13.007 Now do be careful!’
• 13.017 As Thorin carefully explained,
• 14.017 They could all get into boats for all he cared.
• 14.037 and in the care of the sick
• 15.028 for they had food for some weeks with care –
• 16.027 Personally I am only too ready to consider all your claims carefully,
• 16.046 and climbed carefully back towards the Gate.

Hall

Never hallway. I love that the word is a mundane corridor and a grand place like Hart Hall.

• 1.002 The door opened on to a tube-shaped hall like a tunnel:
• 1.028 in your hall
• 1.046 in the hall
• 1.046 in the hall.
• 1.066 Send them down the hall to roll!
• 1.070 Bombur produced a drum from the hall;
• 1.074 In hollow halls beneath the fells.
• 1.081 They fled their hall to dying fall
• 1.105 That marks a hidden passage to the Lower Halls.’
• 1.110 and in his hall there hung a large one
• 1.122 and they made huger halls
• 1.122 So my grandfather’s halls became full of armour
• 1.123 and routed out all the halls,
• 6.028 right to the edge of the great hall,
• 7.045 in a wide hall with a fire-place
• 7.045 They passed through this dim hall,
• 7.075 I followed down into the main hall,
• 7.092 Inside the hall it was now quite dark.
• 7.092 on the pillars of the hall about the central hearth.
• 7.093 in his hall,
• 7.093 and the hall had not seen such a gathering for many a year.
• 7.095 in his hall,
• 7.096 in the middle of the hall were built
• 7.105 In this hall we can rest sound
• 7.106 at the side of the hall,
• 7.111 answered the other dwarves who were moving about the hall;
• 7.113 Just before sunset he walked into the hall,
• 7.116 dodging round the pillars of the hall,
• 7.128 O master of the wide wooden halls!’
• 8.037 like the pillars of some huge twilight hall.
• 8.132 and wide halls;
• 9.005 In a great hall with pillars hewn out of the living stone
• 9.029 and in the halls above.
• 9.035 and find their way into the upper halls,
• 9.039 in one of the halls
• 9.053 Leave the halls and caverns deep,
• 10.028 From one great hall shone many lights
• 10.030 of the hall.
• 10.034 from the doors of the hall
• 10.034 inside the hall
• 10.035 His halls shall echo golden
• 11.010 and in the halls under the Mountain then –
• 11.011 all the halls within must be filled with his foul reek.’
• 12.017 in his stolen hall
• 12.021 the hall smoked,
• 12.072 and the light of his eyes lit the hall
• 12.091 Smaug knows now how I came down to his hall,
• 12.096 in the hall below:
• 13.008 and rolled headlong into the hall!
• 13.011 Faint echoes ran round the unseen hall,
• 13.015 when Bilbo fell forward down the step with a bump into the hall,
• 13.018 as he wandered away into the vast hall;
• 13.022 Bilbo was crossing the floor of the hall.
• 13.033 All were now eager to explore the hall
• 13.034 The dark hall was filled with a melody
• 13.045 the hall of feasting
• 15.019 You may go back to your halls
• 15.036 The King has come unto his hall!
• 15.038 In hollow halls beneath the fells.
• 15.042 The king is come unto his hall
• 15.048 much of the wealth of his halls
• 18.017 I go now to the halls of waiting ss to sit beside my fathers,
• 18.032 in the ancient halls.
• 18.039 when our halls are made fair once more,
• 18.043 in his halls.
• 18.045 in my halls the better shall I be pleased!’
• 19.032 And horror in the halls of stone
• 19.039 in the hall

Send

It’s a common word, used about fifty times in the work!

• 01.020 to send you on this adventure.
• 01.066 “Send them down the hall to roll!”
• 01.068 he sent a smaller smoke-ring from his short clay-pipe
• 01.068 of the smoke-rings he had sent up the wind over The Hill.
• 01.122 Kings used to send for our smiths,
• 02.079 but he was sent spinning up into the top of some bushes,
• 03.006 I sent a message by my friends,
• 04.008 that they sent Fili
• 04.008 (when everybody could see that it was absolutely no use sending Bilbo)
• 04.043 That sent them on faster than ever,
• 05.012 and there was no reason to go that way – unless the Great Goblin sent them.
• 05.090 It sent a shiver down his back.
• 06.043 but they won’t find it difficult to send stones
• 07.088 and the story had kept him from sending the dwarves off
• 07.116 he was so busy sending smoke rings
• 07.127 and the food I send with you.
• 07.127 At the gate of the forest I must ask you to send back my horse
• 07.135 Now you must send back these excellent ponies
• 07.137 You don’t mention sending that back.’
• 07.138 because I am not sending it.’
• 07.140 I am not sending the horse back,
• 07.142 and I am sending Mr. Baggins with you.
• 08.029 Now he sent a swift
• 08.045 and what is the use of sending a hobbit!’
• 08.057 until they agreed at length to send out a couple of spies,
• 08.057 But then they could not agree on who was to be sent:
• 08.062 I shall send Mr. Baggins alone first to talk to them.
• 08.119 and sending a shower of stones
• 09.012 that he could get a message for help sent to the wizard,
• 09.024 and it would not do to send up poor stuff!’
• 10.041 He sent out his spies about the shores of the lake
• 10.045 had been sent round by circuitous paths
• 11.001 and the ponies for their own use that had been sent to meet them.
• 11.006 Thorin sent out a scouting expedition
• 12.079 but the nostrils sent forth fire
• 13.016 and Gloin were sent back to their bundles at the top of the tunnel.
• 13.048 A misty sun sent its pale light
• 14.033 What sort of gold have they sent down the river to reward us?
• 14.039 for Bard at once had speedy messengers sent
• 14.042 but great store of goods he sent ahead by water.
• 14.043 sent down from the Forest.
• 15.021 that you would send messengers to our kin
• 15.027 Filiand Kili were sent,
• 15.028 and sent them back riderless to the South.
• 17.030 but Thorin sent messengers by Roäc
• 17.033 We are sent from Dain son of Nain,’
• 17.035 Bard then sent messengers at once to the Gate;
• 17.050 they sent against it a shower of arrows,
• 18.010 I have been sent to look here for the last time.
• 18.034 From that treasure Bard sent much gold