Even when wolves do it, trotting sounds light hearted.

  • 04.038 as fast as he could trot,
  • 04.038 he was trotting along again,
  • 05.007 and trotted along with his little sword held
  • 05.010 he trotted splash into water!
  • 06.058 Just at that moment the wolves trotted
  • 07.032 trotted up across the grass
  • 07.036 As for Bilbo he could easily have trotted through his legs
  • 07.092 in trotted four beautiful white ponies
  • 07.145 Off they trotted gaily,
  • 09.003 Nor did they hear or feel him trotting along
  • 09.026 but Bilbo was trotting as fast as he could
  • 12.035 Did you expect me to trot back
  • 13.017 Quickly Bilbo trotted to the door


Definitely sound play – and a familiar one.  Falling into the water is not always humourous – but that seems to be the feel in these passages.  Well bless us and splash us!

  • 01.065 Splash the wine on every door!
  • 02.029 as he splashed along behind the others
  • 05.010 he trotted splash into water!
  • 05.015 and splash us, my precioussss!
  • 05.105 and the splash as Gollum leapt from his boat.
  • 07.106 a splash of white on the floor came from the high moon,
  • 08.018 Splash it fell
  • 09.049 Heave ho! Splash plump!
  • 09.054 splash!
  • 10.045 and splashed,
  • 11.006 and splashing among many boulders,
  • 16.017 and fell into the cold water with a splash.


It can be contemptuous and thereby adventurous.  However, it’s hard to label a snort as “high”.

  • 01.095 Gloin speaking: ‘Humph!’ (or some snort more or less like that).
  • 12.072 Revenge!’ he snorted,
  • 12.103 Barrel-rider!’ he snorted.
  • 16.019 and in the middle of his snort he sneezed loudly,
  • 16.019 Servant, indeed!’ snorted Bilbo;


It doesn’t matter who does it, I’ll bet that snores are almost always funny.

  • 09.026 and snored beside his friend.
  • 09.035 still happily snoring with smiles upon their faces.
  • 12.011 of some vast animal snoring
  • 12.016 the rumble of his snoring changed its note.
  • 12.044 with scarcely a snore more than a whiff of unseen steam,
  • 19.009 and he snored comfortably
  • 19.016 And your snores would waken a stone dragon –


Sneezes?  Funny.  The history of the word?  Apparently the word was “fneeze” which went out of use in the early 15th century.

The adoption of sneeze was probably assisted by its phonetic appropriateness; it may have been felt as a strengthened form of neeze.

Phonetic appropriateness – that’s good enough to count with me as sound-play and get the onomatopoeia label.

  • 09.063 of his suppressed sneezes.
  • 09.064 He woke again with a specially loud sneeze.
  • 09.064 and for a mercy he did not sneeze again for a good while.
  • 09.064 Bilbo sneezed again.
  • 10.039 For three days he sneezed
  • 16.019 and in the middle of his snort he sneezed loudly,

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


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