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.


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