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.

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

Whole

Good morning, Word Fans! This common word starts to make no sense when I read it over and over.

• 1.002 wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes),
• 1.066 And when you’ve finished, if any are whole,
• 1.130 so on the whole I think I ought to be praised
• 2.042 not if the whole cavalcade had passed two feet off.
• 6.040 Before long the whole slope above them
• 6.058 In a minute there was a whole pack of them
• 7.116 he had eaten two whole loaves
• 7.122 and that a great raid of the whole goblin army
• 7.125 and Gandalf thought it wise to tell him their whole story
• 8.103 and at once the whole lot of them came hurrying
• 8.125 They had to have the whole vanishing business carefully explained,
• 12.009 and the whole lot could stay here for ever,
• 12.022 To hunt the whole mountain
• 12.035 with the whole hoard of Thror on my back?
• 12.079 Luckily the whole head
• 15.059 disapproved of the whole turn of affairs.
• 15.060 The whole place still stinks of dragon,’
• 16.026 Personally I am tired of the whole affair.
• 17.034 encircle the whole mountain;
• 17.060 he preferred on the whole to defend the Elvenking.

Finish

Another common word used sparingly. Let’s see. If there are about 95,000 words in the work and 6,000 individual words, then each word is used an average of 16 times… Yet “finish” is used less than half of that. Let’s not make too much of that, but let’s do notice.

• 1.023 just about the time when Bilbo was finishing his second cake
• 1.066 And when you’ve finished, if any are whole,
• 7.088 Now perhaps we can finish this story
• 7.089 By the time the wizard had finished his tale
• 9.038 running round putting the finishing touches to the packing,
• 10.004 in fact finishing his other business
• 15.011 No sooner had he finished speaking