Hobbit-boy

In our endeavor to tease out the hyphenated words and study them, I present “hobbit-boy”; the word is still listed in the entry for “hobbit” as well.

  • 01.006 since they were all small hobbit-boys
  • 01.043 as if some naughty little hobbit-boy was trying to pull the handle off.

Although “Hobbit” is listed in OED – and an invention of Tolkien’s – no hyphenated forms are.

“hobbit, n.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, June 2017, http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/87449. Accessed 14 September 2017.

Grim-voiced

In all three cases referring to Bard – and although he speaks in a handful of chapters, it is only in chapter 14 that we see this word describing him.

I also talk about this word in the Grim entry, since we are interested in who and what are grim in any way, but out hyphen adventure leads me to separate “Grim-voiced” into its own entry as well.  this compound word is JRRT original, not found in OED.

  • 14.009 But the grim-voiced fellow ran hotfoot to the Master.
  • 14.013 if it had not been for the grim-voiced man
  • 14.018 grim-voiced

Wrath

This has always struck me as a very biblical/epic word.  I’m giving it the “high” tag even though I have rather given up on the “high” tag.

  • 12.032 till the dawn chilled his wrath
  • 12.034 and stirring up Smaug’s wrath so soon.
  • 12.102 This was the outburst of his wrath
  • 14.013 the dragon’s wrath blazed to its height,
  • 14.035 and wrath on those unhappy creatures?
  • 17.010 and his voice was thick with wrath.
  • 17.050 so deadly was the wrath of the hands that held them.
  • 18.022 in his wrath.
  • 18.024 and his wrath was redoubled,

Whisk

To my surprise, “whisk” is not a sound word – it indicates the motion of a besom broom and comes from thence in Norse through Scots into English meaning that general motion.  “Whisker” is its operative form.

  • 01.059 they had whisked the trays
  • 02.042 I don’t suppose even a weasel would have stirred a whisker at it.
  • 08.003 he could catch glimpses of them whisking off the path

“whisk, n.1.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2015. Web. 14 July 2015.

“whisk, v. (adv. and int.).” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2015. Web. 14 July 2015.

“whisker, n.1.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2015. Web. 14 July 2015.