Muffle

What a scene!  Giant spiders, Thorin & Company captive, but Tolkien writes it for physical humour:

[08.089] To the fattest of these bundles the spider went – ‘It is poor old Bombur, I’ll bet,’ thought Bilbo – and nipped hard at the nose that stuck out. There was a muffled yelp inside, and a toe shot up and kicked the spider straight and hard. There was life in Bombur still. There was a noise like the kicking of a flabby football, and the enraged spider fell off the branch, only catching itself with its own thread just in time.

  • 08.089 There was a muffled yelp inside,

Lullaby

Once again, a peaceful word.  Tonight while I sleep, I’ll reconsider whether every word-play word needs to be “low” or “high” (or both).  I suspect not.  You’ll hear more about how I work with this idea in a later method post, Word Fans.  For now, I will continue as I have been doing.

  • 19.013 Lullaby! Lullaby! Alder and Willow!
  • 19.013 Lullaby! Lullaby! Alder and Willow!
  • 19.015 Your lullaby would waken a drunken goblin!

Hush

Well, is it low or high?  “Hush” is calming, but it’s also a word of caution.  I like that it’s missing from Chapter 8 through 18.  I’m going to label it “low”, but that does not satisfy: what I mean is that it’s a peaceful word for use in the Shire and among elves except when warning others not to notice a certain giant bear.

  • 01.004 and the family hushed it up;
  • 01.089 Hush!’ said Gandalf.
  • 03.029 “Hush, hush! Good People!
  • 03.029 “Hush, hush! Good People!
  • 07.133 ‘Hush! Take no notice!’
  • 19.014 Hush! Hush! Oak, Ash, Thorn!
  • 19.014 Hush! Hush! Oak, Ash, Thorn!
  • 19.014 Hushed be all water, till dawn is at hand!