Whistle

Again, it depends on what is whistling.  The sound-play words are intensifiers, not valences.

  • 01.092 like the whistle of an engine coming out of a tunnel.
  • 02.002 Bilbo began to whistle loudly
  • 05.112 a whistling
  • 05.143 Whistles blew,
  • 07.030 and when I call or whistle begin to come after me –
  • 07.051 So Gandalf gave a long shrill whistle,
  • 07.061 They don’t seem all to have come when I whistled.
  • 07.062 Go on, whistle again!
  • 07.063 Gandalf whistled again;
  • 07.100 its whistling voices were released.
  • 12.022 in fierce whistling steam,
  • 14.040 Above the borders of the Forest there was whistling,
  • 17.039 and arrows whistled;

“whistle, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 29 May 2015.

Shriek

Bilbo utters the funniest shriek of the whole novel –

  • 01.092 he began to feel a shriek coming up inside,
  • 01.095 but one shriek like that
  • 04.036 shrieking and skriking,
  • 04.037 before the sword shrieking into the darkness.
  • 04.048 and Beater!” they shrieked;
  • 05.076 shrieked Gollum,
  • 05.093 shrieked Gollum.
  • 05.130 All at once there came a blood-curdling shriek,
  • 05.132 then they’ll have heard his shrieking
  • 06.068 shrieking back to their caves,
  • 14.012 Amid shrieks
  • 14.023 With a shriek that deafened men,
  • 18.021 or driving them down shrieking

Rustle

Most uses of rustle seem full of danger and adventure in The Hobbit, but the mention in Chapter 2 is comical:

[02.039] …and do what they could they made a deal of rustling and crackling and creaking (and a good deal of grumbling and dratting), as they went through the trees in the pitch dark

  • 02.039 they made a deal of rustling
  • 08.037 A few leaves came rustling down
  • 12.008 hear the rustle of the whispering voices of the others just outside.
  • 13.001 and rustled in the tunnel.
  • 14.040 Leaves rustled

Ruffle

Only in Mirkwood do we find the word ruffle – once as the sound of feet among the leaves (as in ruffles and flourishes) and once as in disturbed smoothness – within five paragraphs of one another.

  • 08.037 Their feet ruffled
  • 08.042 ruffled here and there by the breeze;

“ruffle, n.4.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 29 May 2015.

“ruffle, v.1.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 29 May 2015.

“ruffle, v.3.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, March 2015. Web. 29 May 2015.