Down

A word so evenly distributed – reading down this list is like a fast-forward scroll through the microfiche, bringing the whole story into clear, quick focus:

• 1.001 with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat:
• 1.002 sloping down to the river.
• 1.005 in fact apparently settled down immovably.
• 1.006 that reached nearly down to his woolly toes
• 1.006 He had not been down that way under The Hill for ages
• 1.007 hung down below his waist,
• 1.010 sit down
• 1.010 Then Bilbo sat down on a seat by his door,
• 1.024 unless he put them down on his Engagement Tablet:
• 1.037 Bilbo plumped down the beer
• 1.043 I really must sit down for a minute
• 1.046 The poor little hobbit sat down
• 1.066 Send them down the hall to roll!
• 1.072 and the fire died down,
• 1.088 and sat down
• 1.093 as they sat down again.
• 1.094 and went down a rabbit-hole,
• 1.123 Then he came down the slopes
• 1.124 and down the lands,
• 1.125 and why it did not come down to me,
• 2.002 In fact he was just sitting down
• 2.019 and running as fast as his furry feet could carry him down the lane,
• 2.030 Somewhere behind the grey clouds the sun must have gone down,
• 2.030 for it began to get dark as they went down into a deep valley with a river at the bottom.
• 2.030 came rushing down from the hills
• 2.038 Then the rain began to pour down worse than ever,
• 2.046 since we come down from the mountains.
• 2.072 and he was down.
• 2.075 and he was down.
• 2.080 and down to his toes.
• 2.107 and helped Bilbo to climb down out of a thorn-bush.
• 2.125 It was they who told me that three of them had come down
• 3.001 down very near to them.
• 3.008 and they looked down surprised to see trees below them
• 3.010 so suddenly that Gandalf’s horse nearly slipped down the slope.
• 3.012 in the dusk down the steep zig-zag path
• 3.012 down and down.
• 3.012 down and down.
• 3.014 here down
• 3.016 down into the valley
• 3.021 as ridiculous as the one I have written down
• 3.049 and then they went down to the water
• 4.002 Boulders, too, at times came galloping down the mountain-sides,
• 4.003 “The summer is getting on down below,”
• 4.003 before we even begin to go down the other side at this rate.”
• 4.004 down in the land
• 4.005 and tossing them down into the darkness
• 4.005 and their ponies were standing with their heads down
• 4.014 – beginning to fall down, down,
• 4.014 – beginning to fall down, down,
• 4.017 and the way went down
• 4.017 and down,
• 4.019 And down down to Goblin-town
• 4.019 And down down to Goblin-town
• 4.038 down more dark passages with the yells of the goblin-hall
• 4.040 and by that time they must have been right down
• 4.045 and down on Bombur’s back.
• 4.046 down his nose
• 5.002 but neither up nor down it could he find anything:
• 5.002 but sat down on the cold floor
• 5.009 All he knew was that it was still going down pretty steadily
• 5.009 and down
• 5.009 and down;
• 5.012 Deep down here by the dark water
• 5.012 if they ever came down alone anywhere near the edge of the water,
• 5.012 for they had a feeling that something unpleasant was lurking down there,
• 5.012 down at the very roots of the mountain.
• 5.012 when they were tunnelling down long ago,
• 5.022 and crept down, down,
• 5.022 and crept down, down,
• 5.055 And beats high mountain down.
• 5.058 He sat down
• 5.09 It sent a shiver down his back.
• 5.104 back up the dark passage down which he had come,
• 5.108 down to Gollum’s water.
• 5.112 Suddenly Gollum sat down
• 5.12 as Bilbo had noticed on the way down,
• 5.122 As the count grew he slowed down,
• 5.124 Goblinses down there.
• 5.127 He seemed to be crouched right down
• 5.13 sped off down the new tunnel.
• 5.134 Soon the passage that had been sloping down
• 5.134 That slowed Bilbo down.
• 5.134 and dipped down again,
• 5.146 there were a few steps running down
• 5.148 leaping down the steps like a goat,
• 5.149 Of course they soon came down after him,
• 6.003 and down the slopes beyond;
• 6.012 and helter-skelter down here.
• 6.013 said Bilbo stepping down into the middle of them,
• 6.019 and he sat down
• 6.02 And then he sat down
• 6.02 and ran down to the gate.’
• 6.028 and there he sat down
• 6.034 and come right down through the heart of the mountains,
• 6.04 When they began to go down this,
• 6.04 soon larger bits of split stone went clattering down
• 6.04 crashing down with a dust
• 6.042 will have a job to come down here quietly.’
• 6.043 bouncing down on our heads.’
• 6.045 and over the black tops of those growing lower down
• 6.045 down the gentle slopes of a pine forest
• 6.049 All of a sudden they heard a howl away down hill,
• 6.052 with their beards dangling down,
• 6.054 said Nori to Dori looking down.
• 6.055 said Dori, ‘down tunnels
• 6.056 for Dori was lowest down
• 6.057 even when he climbed down to the bottom branch
• 6.057 and hung his arm down as far as ever he could.
• 6.058 Still Dori did not let Bilbo down.
• 6.062 cutting down trees,
• 6.063 and would take news of their plans down into the valleys,
• 6.063 goblin soldiers would be coming down from the mountains;
• 6.063 or cut them down.
• 6.064 and threw it whizzing down among the circle of the wolves.
• 6.065 and they fled off down the slopes crying
• 6.067 and looked down upon the ring of the Wargs,
• 6.067 down the hillsides from their gate
• 6.069 and round they came down,
• 6.069 down, down towards the ring of the wolves
• 6.069 down, down towards the ring of the wolves
• 6.07 Dreadful things had been going on down there.
• 6.071 Some of them actually sat down
• 6.075 Come down little birds,
• 6.08 as he got ready to spring down from on high
• 6.08 as he came hurtling down like a thunderbolt.
• 6.081 the Lord of the Eagles swept down from above,
• 6.082 and down they came like huge black shadows.
• 6.086 when he looked down between his dangling toes
• 6.093 Very soon Bilbo was laid down,
• 6.093 There was no path down on to it save by flying;
• 6.093 and no path down off it except by jumping over a precipice.
• 6.094 and setting them down well on their journey
• 6.099 Gandalf, too, was lying down
• 7.001 So he sat down
• 7.005 for they began to go down circling round
• 7.006 and set down their passengers.
• 7.01 and a well worn path with many steps leading down it to the river,
• 7.012 unless they have come here since I was last down this way,
• 7.014 and down the lines of the wide-armed oaks
• 7.024 and down dale they plodded.
• 7.032 and went down a wide track towards the house.
• 7.034 in a tunic of wool down to his knees,
• 7.035 put down his axe
• 7.038 stooping down to frown
• 7.066 Sit down,
• 7.07 and then sit down
• 7.075 I followed down into the main hall,
• 7.078 Sit down
• 7.082 and sit down!
• 7.082 and of their scramble down the stone-slide
• 7.084 when the goblins came down from the hills
• 7.099 The wind came down from mountains cold,
• 7.106 which was peering down through the smoke-hole
• 7.108 and had rolled down with a bump from the platform on to the floor.
• 7.118 and the goblins down here?
• 7.13 their path would have led them down a stream from the mountains
• 7.13 and though here the Mountains too drew down nearer,
• 7.153 and rode down into the West.
• 8.002 stabbed down thin
• 8.004 There was no movement of air down under the forest-roof,
• 8.005 And sometimes they would gleam down
• 8.007 before they managed to bring one down
• 8.015 which is low just there where the path goes down into the water.’
• 8.021 before it floated off down the current.
• 8.028 Since it did not fall down again,
• 8.03 when the hart bore down on him,
• 8.037 A few leaves came rustling down
• 8.041 and how he was going to get down again
• 8.043 who were now simply stamping with impatience down below,
• 8.043 there was no food to go back to down below.
• 8.044 and he climbed down full of despair.
• 8.048 he sat down
• 8.05 before they lay down
• 8.05 and that he wanted to lie down
• 8.06 but to settle down for the night where they were;
• 8.068 as he lay down beside the dwarves
• 8.074 So he sat himself down with his back to a tree,
• 8.075 and then he fell down
• 8.097 Down you drop!
• 8.104 if a spider had not luckily left a rope hanging down;
• 8.112 and fell down the tree
• 8.113 Come down!
• 8.113 Come down!’
• 8.114 Down the dwarves scrambled or jumped or dropped,
• 8.12 and throwing down their long clinging threads.
• 9.002 and sat down
• 9.003 There the great beeches came right down to the bank,
• 9.018 There the rocky roof came down
• 9.02 to a place far down the river where the bank jutted out,
• 9.022 The guards were tramping away down the passages
• 9.025 and sat down at a table on which two large flagons were set.
• 9.03 far down
• 9.035 and they calmed down.
• 9.035 down into the lowest cellars they crept.
• 9.037 some elves were under orders to come down
• 9.041 I have no wish to waste time down here
• 9.044 and waiting down here,
• 9.049 roll-roll-rolling down the hole!
• 9.049 Down they go, down they bump!
• 9.049 Down they go, down they bump!
• 9.05 but down they all went,
• 9.05 and bobbing away down the current.
• 9.053 Down the swift dark stream you go
• 9.053 Down the swift dark stream you go
• 9.054 Down into the water he fell,
• 9.06 and twisted off down the stream,
• 9.061 flowing down
• 9.064 and there was a merry racket down by the river.
• 9.064 down the stream to Lake-town.
• 9.064 He scrambled down as fast as his stiff legs would take him
• 9.068 and went sailing away down,
• 9.068 down towards the Lake.
• 10.001 that came down upon their left.
• 10.006 the Running River came down
• 10.01 if they could have seen what happened down by the shore,
• 10.013 but they lay down
• 10.024 lay down your arms!’
• 10.028 going down to the surface of the lake.
• 10.038 coming down the river to Lake-town.
• 10.042 It would not do to let everything cool down with delay.
• 10.045 from the great steps of the town-hall that went down to the lake.
• 11.002 making off swiftly down the river
• 11.014 down the valley
• 11.014 Looking down they saw that they were at the top of the cliff
• 11.014 and were gazing down on to their own camp below.
• 11.015 “and then at evening began their long climb down.
[11.016]”
• 11.016 The others went down the valley
• 11.017 Down the same way they were able occasionally
• 11.026 till they hang down the cliff to the valley
• 11.028 some were exercising the ponies down below,
• 11.038 in and down.
• 12.008 he crept noiselessly down,
• 12.008 down, down into the dark.
• 12.008 down, down into the dark.
• 12.01 right ahead down there?’
• 12.011 down there
• 12.017 than when he was going down,
• 12.019 from far down
• 12.02 and cowered down in fright.
• 12.02 from far above that came down through it
• 12.024 they are down
• 12.027 at any moment he might come blazing down
• 12.031 They crept further down the tunnel,
• 12.04 and will creep down this very noon –
• 12.041 down into the Mountain.
• 12.042 soon faded as he went down.
• 12.059 I haven’t been down that way
• 12.081 right down to the skin.
• 12.091 Smaug knows now how I came down to his hall,
• 12.094 and down the tunnel.
• 12.094 not far down from the half-open door
• 12.101 They had hardly gone any distance down the tunnel
• 12.101 They fled further down the tunnel
• 12.102 down the wind
• 13.005 I am going down the tunnel once again.
• 13.005 Anyway the only way out is down.
• 13.008 Down, down they went.
• 13.008 Down, down they went.
• 13.015 when Bilbo fell forward down the step with a bump into the hall,
• 13.019 At last he looked down upon it,
• 13.022 Down the other side of the great mound he climbed,
• 13.035 Now the dwarves took down mail
• 13.039 and sat down on the floor;
• 13.043 and went down wide echoing ways,
• 13.049 and foamed down towards the valley.
• 13.055 But look down there!
• 13.059 I hope he is not up on the Mountain looking down at us!’
• 13.071 and some threw themselves down at once
• 14.002 the Running River came down from the North.
• 14.011 was thrown down
• 14.014 Then down he swooped
• 14.015 as he hurtled down
• 14.015 and smashed down.
• 14.016 Weapons were flung down.
• 14.016 and burned down to the surface of the lake.
• 14.018 down the Running River from the ruin long ago.
• 14.023 and dived down
• 14.023 and crashed down from on high
• 14.025 and down the wind came the voices
• 14.032 and down with Moneybags,’
• 14.033 What sort of gold have they sent down the river to reward us?
• 14.042 he hastened now down the river to the Long Lake.
• 14.043 sent down from the Forest.
• 15.027 far down the banks
• 15.034 and to go down
• 15.053 laying down your arms before you approach the threshold.’
• 16.016 slipped down over the wall,
• 16.017 and climbed down towards the lower course of the stream,
• 16.046 and then he sat down on the wall
• 17.016 Put him down,
• 17.02 Get down now to your friends!’
• 17.02 or I will throw you down.’
• 17.022 Get down!’
• 17.026 And so Bilbo was swung down from the wall,
• 17.032 and there they laid down their weapons
• 17.044 ready to sweep down
• 17.05 a thousand of their spearmen leapt down
• 17.052 back down the river to escape from the trap;
• 17.053 and others were streaming down recklessly,
• 17.053 by paths that ran down from the main mass
• 17.056 Rocks were hurled down from on high
• 17.056 leapt down to the falls’ foot,
• 17.058 Down, heedless of order,
• 17.058 Down too came many of the Lake-men,
• 17.059 were being slowly beaten down.
• 17.061 or driven down
• 17.064 The eagles were coming down the wind,
• 18.012 I will carry you down to the camp
• 18.013 It was not long before Bilbo was set down before a tent
• 18.021 they had come speeding down the gale
• 18.021 or driving them down shrieking
• 18.024 and pulled down Bolg himself
• 19.001 As they rode down the steep path,
• 19.001 and as soon as the riders came down
• 19.043 and down the Running River;

Flow

The word “Flow” is only used nineteen times in the work, but four of those times — over 20% — is in poetry! Let us give “Flow” a 20% poetry rating!

• 3.014 The river is flowing!
• 3.025 as quick as water flows,
• 3.026 It was flowing fast
• 8.008 It flowed fast
• 8.132 and flowed on
• 9.003 The water flowed dark and swift
• 9.018 A stream flowed under part of the lowest regions of the palace,
• 9.020 where the Forest River flowed into the Long Lake.
• 9.061 flowing down
• 10.001 the deepest stream had flowed lapping
• 10.002 but still a strong water flowed on steadily through the midst.
• 10.003 that flowed east;
• 10.008 and gold would flow
• 10.035 His wealth shall flow in fountains
• 11.006 flowing swift
• 11.038 It seemed as if darkness flowed out like a vapour
• 13.048 and it flowed swirling
• 19.002 The white water flowing,
• 19.004 The river is flowing,

River

I have been reminded by The Tolkien Professor that features of the landscape of Middle-earth can be characters.

In addition to river-door, river-shore, river-toll, river-valley, and riverside, let’s keep our eye on the simple rivers of Bilbo’s home and adventure. The word “river” apparently descends from the word for the land beside the flowing water thing.

• 1.002 sloping down to the river.
• 1.004 the small river that ran at the foot of The Hill.
• 1.116 up along the River Running,’
• 1.116 The river runs right out of it
• 1.122 up the Running River as far as the valley
• 1.123 The river rushed up
• 2.030 for it began to get dark as they went down into a deep valley with a river at the bottom.
• 2.030 for the river,
• 2.035 He got into the river before they could catch him;
• 2.117 not far from the track by the river,
• 3.001 One morning they forded a river
• 3.014 The river is flowing!
• 3.026 and so at last to the very brink of the river.
• 3.040 and the burned banks of the bright River Running.
• 5.011 and not an underground river,
• 5.036 in a bank by a river,
• 5.045 and sitting under the river bank teaching his grandmother,
• 7.005 and a river running through it all.
• 7.010 and a well worn path with many steps leading down it to the river,
• 7.014 in the river,
• 7.117 except from the west over the river,
• 7.117 There they disappeared into the river,
• 7.117 where the river was wide
• 7.122 He had been over the river
• 7.130 that joined the great river miles south of the Carrock.
• 7.130 to the borders of the Great River,
• 7.131 will not dare to cross the Great River
• 7.131 they will cross the river to the south
• 7.132 and in the distance the line of the river with its trees drawing ever closer.
• 8.132 a river ran out of the heights of the forest
• 9.003 that led across the river
• 9.018 and joined the Forest River some way further to the east,
• 9.018 right to the bed of the river to prevent anyone coming
• 9.019 and other goods came up the rivers,
• 9.019 From Lake-town the barrels were brought up the Forest River.
• 9.020 to a place far down the river where the bank jutted out,
• 9.020 where the Forest River flowed into the Long Lake.
• 9.048 is pushed into the river for the Lake-men to feast on for nothing!’
• 9.061 The dark river opened suddenly wide,
• 9.061 and there it was joined to the main water of the Forest River
• 9.061 Then the hurrying water of the Forest River
• 9.064 and there was a merry racket down by the river.
• 10.001 After a while the river rounded a steep shoulder of land
• 10.002 filled with the waters of the river which broke up
• 10.003 and the growth of the traffic on the river,
• 10.003 about the upkeep of the Forest River
• 10.003 only the river offered any longer a safe way
• 10.003 and the river was guarded by the Wood-elves’ king.
• 10.005 All he knew was that the river seemed to go on
• 10.005 the river took a more southerly course
• 10.005 the river gathered all its wandering waters together
• 10.006 the Running River came down
• 10.006 and with the Forest River
• 10.007 Not far from the mouth of the Forest River
• 10.007 protected from the swirl of the entering river
• 10.007 that came up the great river from the South
• 10.008 in rivers,
• 10.009 out of the current of the Forest River
• 10.035 And the rivers golden run.
• 10.038 coming down the river to Lake-town.
• 10.040 up the Forest River with their cargoes,
• 11.001 and passed out into the River Running,
• 11.001 some miles up the river,
• 11.002 making off swiftly down the river
• 11.003 slanting away from the River Running,
• 11.006 There the river,
• 11.008 They did not dare to follow the river
• 11.008 Out of it the waters of the Running River sprang;
• 11.013 where the Gates of the river stood,
• 11.016 as they had brought with them from the river.
• 12.030 back to the river with Smaug on the watch!’
• 12.032 that men had come up from the river and the lake
• 12.039 to go back to the store by the river
• 12.104 towards the Running River.
• 13.047 There is the birth of the Running River,’
• 13.055 The river loops suddenly east
• 13.064 on the left side of the river,
• 13.065 and left the river,
• 14.002 the Running River came down from the North.
• 14.008 his rivers golden run!
• 14.008 The river is running gold from the Mountain!’
• 14.018 down the Running River from the ruin long ago.
• 14.033 What sort of gold have they sent down the river to reward us?
• 14.039 up the river to the Forest
• 14.042 he hastened now down the river to the Long Lake.
• 15.027 of the Running River,
• 15.030 under the cover of dusk along both banks of the river.’
• 15.033 That day the camp was moved to the east of the river,
• 15.044 was seen crossing the river,
• 16.002 is worth more than a river of gold
• 16.037 He values it above a river of gold.
• 17.032 They halted between the river
• 17.032 and crossing the river drew near the camp;
• 17.033 and the loop of the river;
• 17.052 back down the river to escape from the trap;
• 18.024 They drove many of them into the Running River,
• 18.024 they hunted into the marshes about the Forest River;
• 18.043 to the north of the place where the Forest River ran out.
• 19.004 The river is flowing,
• 19.012 The river is silver, the shadows are fleeting;
• 19.023 They came to the river that marked the very edge
• 19.024 in the river,
• 19.034 and passed the mill by the river
• 19.043 and down the Running River;
• 19.045 in his day the rivers run with gold.’

Shoe

As of this date, the Areni-1 shoe is the oldest piece of footwear found, identified, and dated. Shout-out to the National Geographic Society for being part of that find in Armenia. “Shoe” is a common word, included here since it’s present in a poem. Because I’ve been working with an unlemmatized list, the uncommon past participle “shod” can also be found under its own listing in the concordance.

• 1.004 wear no shoes,
• 3.014 “Your ponies need shoeing!”
• 4.049 and they slipped on soft shoes,
• 17.031 and they were shod with iron,

Find

Indeed. Bilbo found that he had lost more than spoons. So many things found upon this journey.

• 1.003 and found himself doing
• 1.005 that was to be found either under The Hill or over The Hill or across The Water,
• 1.011 and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
• 1.018 All the same I am pleased to find you remember something about me.
• 1.036 Lots!’ Bilbo found himself answering,
• 1.036 and he found himself scuttling off,
• 1.068 and found Thorin with his feet on the fender smoking a pipe.
• 1.084 Suddenly he found that the music
• 1.099 You asked me to find the fourteenth man for your expedition,
• 1.104 but it will be easy enough to find him without that,
• 1.106 to find out anything there is to know about those caves.’
• 1.117 I tried to find one;
• 1.117 or simply not to be found.
• 1.122 and in addition I believe they found a good deal of gold
• 1.122 which we never bothered to grow or find for ourselves.
• 1.122 the like of which is not to be found
• 1.123 wherever they can find them;
• 1.130 considering the trouble I had to find you.
• 1.132 but I found him a prisoner
• 1.134 I was finding things out,
• 1.142 The hobbit had to find room for them all,
• 1.144 To find our long-forgotten gold.
• 2.007 you would have found this just under the clock,” said Gandalf,
• 2.019 Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside,
• 2.020 and found he had come without a pocket-handkerchief!
• 2.038 the less trouble you are likely to find.”
• 2.041 and find out
• 2.111 and soon found the marks of trolls’ stony boots
• 2.112 “I found it on the ground
• 2.125 and find out all about it.
• 3.007 to find the Last Homely House west of the Mountains.
• 3.030 and found its doors flung wide.
• 3.031 and they found it hard to leave.
• 3.037 to be found
• 3.043 that even Elrond should have found this out first,
• 4.008 if you want to find something
• 4.008 You certainly usually find something,
• 4.009 “We have found a dry cave,” they said,
• 4.012 you found a low arch
• 4.015 and found that part of his dream was true.
• 4.017 and the goblins did not wait to find out.
• 4.027 “We found them sheltering
• 4.048 and found Goblin-cleaver,
• 5.002 but neither up nor down it could he find anything:
• 5.004 and he could not find any at all,
• 5.012 but he took care they never found him out.
• 5.012 and they found they could go no further;
• 5.018 This is what he had come to find out,
• 5.022 and until he found out more about the sword
• 5.023 until he found out more about the creature,
• 5.062 There he found the ring he had picked up
• 5.089 for he had no idea how to find his way out alone.
• 5.094 Bilbo could not find much pity
• 5.109 He’s found it,
• 5.113 the nassty noser has found it, we says.’
• 5.114 We can’t know till we find the nassty creature
• 5.117 They’ll find it,
• 5.117 they’ll find out what it does.
• 5.119 that he really had found one,
• 5.149 They could not find Bilbo with the ring on,
• 6.006 without trying to find out if he was alive or dead,
• 6.009 If we can only find him again,
• 6.019 except about the finding of the ring
• 6.026 because it had been found quite safe up to now.
• 6.027 I must see if I can’t find
• 6.039 and he ate three wild strawberries that he found on its bank,
• 6.040 and they found themselves at the top
• 6.043 but they won’t find it difficult to send stones
• 6.052 They found them as quick as ever they could,
• 6.052 and were trying to find a place to sit
• 6.052 had found a tree into which they could not climb,
• 6.063 at finding them here
• 6.088 and he found himself saying aloud:
• 6.093 There he found all the others
• 6.100 looking for something that he could not find
• 7.001 and found he was not home at all.
• 7.012 and find him;
• 7.019 Couldn’t you find someone more easy-tempered?
• 7.045 Following him they found themselves
• 7.049 until I found out if you were busy.
• 7.079 and their horror when they found
• 7.079 and found that there was no hobbit.
• 7.090 they might find me kinder.
• 7.106 Bilbo found that beds had already been laid
• 7.111 though we found breakfast laid as soon as we went out.’
• 7.112 moving off to find something to eat as quick as he could.
• 7.117 I had to walk miles before I found a place
• 7.122 he had soon found out
• 7.122 but he had found more than that:
• 7.122 might soon be made to find the dwarves,
• 7.126 Water is not easy to find there,
• 7.126 But I doubt very much whether anything you find
• 7.142 and you will find that out before long.
• 7.143 they found close to the forest-gate,
• 7.147 it is a thousand to one you will never find it again
• 8.008 when one day they found their path blocked by a running water.
• 8.033 None seemed to find their mark.
• 8.039 they found their path going downwards,
• 8.042 and then he found spiders all right.
• 8.057 and find out more about them.
• 8.057 and never finding his friends again.
• 8.059 and they could not even find one another,
• 8.064 And they simply could not find the hobbit.
• 8.065 and he found it was the hobbit curled up fast asleep.
• 8.068 and find his dream again.
• 8.071 they found they could not resist the desire to go nearer
• 8.073 Bilbo found himself running round
• 8.074 he found that his legs were already wrapped
• 8.092 and it did not take him long to find a nice smooth egg-shaped one
• 8.100 but still they cannot find me!
• 8.102 and found
• 8.125 and the finding of the ring interested them so much
• 9.001 to find a way out
• 9.001 but they never found out if they were right.
• 9.002 they never found or counted the hobbit.
• 9.010 It was Bilbo who found that out.
• 9.011 and remotest corners he could find.
• 9.013 he managed to find out where each dwarf was kept.
• 9.013 He found all their twelve cells
• 9.013 and after a while he found that his guess was right.
• 9.013 At last after many difficulties he managed to find the place
• 9.018 he would have found himself
• 9.028 If this is found out,
• 9.035 and find their way into the upper halls,
• 9.038 They soon found thirteen
• 9.038 to find straw
• 9.051 he had precious small chance of ever finding the dwarves again.
• 9.056 and he found that he was
• 9.060 Then he found it quite as difficult to stick on as he had feared;
• 9.063 he was found out by the terrific explosions
• 10.003 if they had tried to find the lost ways across.
• 10.012 and very nasty job finding
• 11.014 they found what they were seeking.
• 11.014 and the dwarves found traces of a narrow track,
• 11.014 Its entrance which they had found
• 11.014 yet they did not doubt that they had found the door at last.
• 11.016 and up the newly found path,
• 11.019 and found a path
• 11.020 Bilbo found sitting on the doorstep lonesome
• 12.009 and find this beastly tunnel was my own front-hall at home!’
• 12.027 and find them there,
• 12.068 and finding the entrance.
• 12.075 Truly there can nowhere be found
• 12.089 you found out one very useful thing at any rate,
• 12.096 which the dwarves had found
• 12.102 when he could find nobody
• 13.002 But they found that the upper end of the tunnel
• 13.012 and found that he did not know
• 13.016 to find out where they were,
• 13.026 and find me
• 13.034 and finding still hanging there many golden harps
• 13.034 for something which he could not find.
• 13.064 they found long fallen,
• 13.064 and found the ancient steps,
• 13.066 Here they found a flat place without a wall
• 14.010 So it was that the dragon did not find them quite unprepared.
• 14.019 Marvelling he found he could understand its tongue,
• 14.035 if he could but find the men.
• 14.038 he found talk running like fire among the people
• 14.039 and these messengers had found a host already on the move,
• 14.041 So it was that Bard’s messengers found him now
• 15.019 They too think to find amends from your treasure,
• 15.026 and found,
• 15.026 Tools were to be found
• 15.027 to find the ponies
• 15.046 We came expecting to find none living here;
• 15.051 had you found the hoard unguarded
• 15.059 the others would not have dared to find fault with him;
• 16.002 on anyone who finds it
• 16.003 if the stone was found –
• 16.006 and they may find their dwelling
• 16.039 I hope you will find it useful.’
• 17.035 but they found no gold or payment.
• 18.010 It is well that I have found you!’
• 18.051 and hidden in the deepest holes they could find;
• 19.010 He woke to find himself
• 19.025 they found the gold of the trolls,
• 19.025 I daresay you can find a use for it.’
• 19.026 You may find you have more needs than you expect.’
• 19.029 By streams that never find the sea;
• 19.036 was sorry to find the presumption wrong.
• 19.038 Indeed Bilbo found he had lost more than spoons –

Over

A worthy and delightful preposition, it’s all over (ahem) our sister Germanic languages. Yet this is an old, old, old word, found in Sanskrit and Greek with very little difference except the V sauntering to B or P as time and location vary.

• 1.002 deep-set round windows looking over his garden,
• 1.005 that was to be found either under The Hill or over The Hill or across The Water,
• 1.006 and adventures sprouted up all over the place wherever he went,
• 1.006 He had been away over The Hill
• 1.007 over which his long white beard
• 1.010 and floated away over The Hill.
• 1.013 You might try over The Hill or across The Water.’
• 1.020 if you ever get over it.’
• 1.068 and come back to hover over the wizard’s head.
• 1.068 of the smoke-rings he had sent up the wind over The Hill.
• 1.070 far over The Water
• 1.073 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 1.077 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 1.082 Far over the misty mountains grim
• 1.088 knocking over the poker
• 1.092 knocking over the table.
• 1.092 over
• 1.092 and over again;
• 1.130 and way for handing it over,
• 1.144 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 2.030 Fortunately the road went over an ancient stone bridge,
• 2.031 It was nearly night when they had crossed over.
• 2.036 “There’s a light over there!”
• 2.054 shaking all over,
• 2.072 a sack was over his head,
• 2.075 pop! went a nasty smelly sack over his head,
• 2.080 and popped a sack right over Thorin’s head
• 2.083 all over again, Bill,” he said,
• 2.086 and so the argument began all over again.
• 2.092 And so the argument began all over again,
• 2.106 the light came over the hill,
• 2.108 of what had happened to him twice over,
• 2.117 putting a great many spells over them,
• 3.003 or over,
• 3.008 There were gullies that they could almost leap over,
• 3.008 that one could neither jump over nor climb into.
• 3.010 Bilbo’s pony began to stumble over roots
• 3.011 and looked over the edge.
• 3.024 until you are over the bridge.
• 3.024 Supper is preparing over there,” he said.
• 3.026 and over that they had to go,
• 3.029 and some elves have over merry tongues.
• 3.034 but strong to bring them over the mountain passes.
• 3.050 over the Misty Mountains to the land beyond.
• 3.050 Chapter IV OVER HILL and UNDER HILL
• 4.001 and many passes over them.
• 4.002 Now they could look back over the lands they had left,
• 4.002 or over their heads
• 4.003 over the Edge of the Wild;
• 4.004 over those great tall mountains
• 4.005 and shouting all over the mountainsides.
• 4.023 and quarrelled over by goblins.
• 4.036 Soon they were falling over one another
• 4.048 knocking over those that were running after them.
• 5.009 and over it to the days beyond.
• 5.012 He paddled it with large feet dangling over the side,
• 5.042 The answer’s not a kettle boiling over,
• 5.129 Straight over Gollum’s head he jumped,
• 5.130 and grabbed as the hobbit flew over him,
• 5.143 falling over one another
• 5.145 was knocked over by a goblin who could not make out what he had bumped into,
• 6.003 over its edge,
• 6.009 you will thank me before all is over.
• 6.012 everybody falling over bodies
• 6.020 and fell over,
• 6.020 So I jumped over him
• 6.023 jumping over Gollum,
• 6.027 said Gandalf, ‘or soon there will be no getting over the mountains at all.’
• 6.035 now that the excitement was over.
• 6.041 Soon the danger was over,
• 6.045 and over the black tops of those growing lower down
• 6.045 over a floor of pine-needles;
• 6.05 over the Edge of the Wild on the borders of the unknown.
• 6.059 (for so the evil wolves over the Edge of the Wild were named)
• 6.065 and unless they rolled over quick they were soon all
• 6.065 Very soon all about the glade wolves were rolling over
• 6.065 and over to put out the sparks on their backs,
• 6.082 Over them swooped the eagles;
• 6.086 He used to turn queer if he looked over the edge
• 6.093 and no path down off it except by jumping over a precipice.
• 7.002 The air rushed over him
• 7.011 over the mountains,’
• 7.011 in on it again before it is all over,
• 7.043 we were coming out of the Lands over West into these countries –
• 7.047 I was coming over the mountains
• 7.054 I am not over fond of dwarves;
• 7.095 When dinner was over
• 7.103 over the wide seas of the night.
• 7.108 One of the dwarves had fallen over him
• 7.117 except from the west over the river,
• 7.122 He had been over the river
• 7.142 We may meet again before all is over,
• 7.151 Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now,
• 8.001 while all the trees leaned over them
• 8.021 and suddenly they all fell over on their backs.
• 8.029 and bowled them over,
• 8.03 and sprang over him.
• 8.032 They were still standing over him,
• 8.037 that drifted over the banks
• 8.059 falling over logs,
• 8.061 The lights are coming out again over there,
• 8.065 In the dark he fell over what he thought was a log,
• 8.074 so that when he got up he fell over.
• 8.081 and over
• 8.106 He managed by leaning over to cut
• 8.125 told all over again,
• 8.125 These questions they asked over
• 8.125 and over again,
• 8.125 though they fell over with the effort,
• 8.127 Buttons all over the doorstep!
• 8.13 had passed over him unheard.
• 8.131 or to ride and run over the open lands by moonlight or starlight;
• 8.145 and after he had got over his thankfulness for bread
• 9.004 just in time to scuttle over at the heels of the last elves,
• 9.019 or over land,
• 9.05 and was pushed over into the cold water some feet below.
• 9.053 Turn when dawn comes over land,
• 9.053 Over rapid, over sand,
• 9.053 Over rapid, over sand,
• 9.054 and was pushed over the edge with it.
• 9.064 He was no longer dripping but he felt cold all over.
• 10.006 over high waterfalls
• 10.028 and with six men about them he led them over the bridge
• 10.034 and high over the lake.
• 11.006 after winding a wide loop over the valley of Dale,
• 11.006 and gazing out from it over the narrow water,
• 11.013 pondering over the runes
• 11.021 over the cliff,
• 11.021 over the wide lands to the black wall of Mirkwood,
• 11.031 over the rocks
• 12.004 and get it over.
• 12.05 and over the hills my paths led.
• 12.054 but no bag went over me.’
• 12.07 We came over hill
• 12.076 The dragon rolled over.
• 12.082 On thinking things over
• 12.101 over the cliff into the valley below.
• 13.049 by their smoking torches flurried over them;
• 13.051 It swirled over
• 13.067 and the guards were made over comfortable,
• 14.012 he came over them,
• 14.013 Roaring he swept back over the town.
• 14.023 turned over
• 14.025 in tattered shreds over the marshes before Mirkwood.
• 14.028 his black hair hung wet over his face
• 14.038 and wealth over
• 14.04 Far over Mirkwood tidings spread:
• 15.024 over with the death of the dragon –
• 15.028 over which the stream went towards Dale.
• 15.041 Now call we over mountains cold,
• 16.016 slipped down over the wall,
• 16.026 (which he still wore over his mail)
• 16.046 to come over him;
• 17.013 who was peering over the wall,
• 17.019 and spoke over the wall.
• 17.04 A black cloud hurried over the sky.
• 17.046 over the shoulder of the Mountain,
• 18.021 casting them over precipices,
• 18.051 and a new peace came over the edge of the Wild.
• 18.053 shining over the outstretched lands.
• 19.029 Over rock and under tree,
• 19.03 Over snow by winter sown,
• 19.03 Over grass
• 19.03 and over stone,
• 19.037 and over the Hill,
• 19.039 His sword he hung over the mantelpiece.

Far

On the advice of a good friend in the Tolkien world (thanks, Sharon Hoff!), and in contradiction of Richard Blackwelder’s guideline, I am moving forward with an adverb. Or is it an adjective, noun, or even verb?

[01.010] ‘All of them at once,’ said Bilbo. ‘And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain.

Well, then. I have been schooled. “Further” and “farther” belong to a different word, a verb meaning to move something along … until “farther” was adopted by “far” as a comparative and “further” sort of came along with it, but only hesitantly. Here’s the whole family.

• 1.008 that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.
• 1.020 In fact I will go so far as
• 1.070 far over The Water
• 1.070 and very far from his hobbit-hole under The Hill.
• 1.073 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 1.077 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 1.082 Far over the misty mountains grim
• 1.114 So far we have had no clear idea what to do.
• 1.114 as far as the Long Lake.
• 1.116 far too often,
• 1.119 but so far still Tookishly determined to go on with things.
• 1.119 and so on and further.’
• 1.122 our family was driven out of the far North,
• 1.122 It had been discovered by my far ancestor,
• 1.122 up the Running River as far as the valley
• 1.123 in a great heap far inside,
• 1.123 than the far edge of the Long Lake now-a-days.
• 1.136 far beyond the powers
• 1.144 Far over the misty mountains cold
• 2.028 Now they had gone on far into the Lone-lands,
• 2.028 Not far ahead were dreary hills,
• 2.032 So far he had come all the way with them,
• 2.040 through the tree-trunks not far ahead.
• 2.117 not far from the track by the river,
• 2.123 I had not gone very far,
• 2.125 in the woods not far from the road:
• 3.001 not far away on either side.
• 3.001 The far bank was steep
• 3.011 They saw a valley far below.
• 3.012 not far above the banks of the stream.
• 3.026 when sun has been all day on the snow far up above.
• 4.002 laid out behind them far below.
• 4.002 Far, far away
• 4.002 Far, far away
• 4.005 where they smashed among the trees far below,
• 4.007 and was far from happy about the giants himself.
• 4.009 “not far round the next corner;
• 4.011 and it does not go far back.”
• 4.012 you don’t know how far they go back, sometimes,
• 4.012 Still it was not very far to go,
• 4.020 Pound, pound, far underground!
• 4.021 Round and round far underground
• 4.024 and dragged them to the far end of the cavern
• 4.025 so far.
• 4.029 nothing was further from our thoughts
• 4.043 far behind
• 5.002 and he was far from certain
• 5.002 He did not go much further,
• 5.005 and yet not far enough.’
• 5.012 and they found they could go no further;
• 5.084 Not far away was his island,
• 5.090 not very far off by the sound of it.
• 5.098 As far as Bilbo knew,
• 5.114 and it can’t go far.
• 5.118 Not far now.
• 5.122 for he was leaving the water further
• 5.122 and further behind,
• 5.13 He dared go no further.
• 6.008 He has been more trouble than use so far,’
• 6.032 so they might be said to have had the best of it so far.
• 6.034 we are too far to the North,
• 6.041 and the pine-roots far below.
• 6.043 were feeling far from happy,
• 6.045 though far away through the trees
• 6.046 Must we go any further?’ asked Bilbo,
• 6.047 A bit further,’ said Gandalf.
• 6.048 After what seemed ages further
• 6.049 then by another not far away to the left.
• 6.057 and hung his arm down as far as ever he could.
• 6.061 Goblins do not usually venture very far from their mountains,
• 6.062 In spite of the dangers of this far land
• 6.067 a tiny spot far far below.
• 6.067 a tiny spot far far below.
• 6.067 and yelping come up faint from far beneath him.
• 6.082 or drove them far away;
• 6.082 who were scrambling up now as far as they ever dared to go.
• 6.084 Now far below the goblins
• 6.084 were scattering far
• 6.094 and Bilbo far away
• 6.096 and as far as you will!
• 7.002 and the world was far away,
• 7.009 and far off
• 7.011 Indeed we are now a good deal further east
• 7.012 who lives not far away.
• 7.023 As a bear he ranges far
• 7.093 while at the far end
• 7.093 with his great legs stuck far out
• 7.094 that lay outstretched far to North
• 7.096 and the voices seemed to grow far away,
• 7.117 there were far too many of them,
• 7.117 I followed these as far as the Carrock.
• 7.117 By that time it was too late for me to follow them far.
• 7.126 and on a little of which they could march far.
• 7.128 that the adventure was far more dangerous
• 7.130 been far to the south of the Lonely Mountain,
• 7.136 Beorn is not as far off as you seem to think,
• 7.136 or sitting far off
• 7.136 in letting dwarves ride them so far
• 8.001 Soon the light at the gate was like a little bright hole far behind,
• 8.002 in the leaves far above,
• 8.009 There is a boat against the far bank!
• 8.010 How far away do you think it is?’ asked Thorin,
• 8.011 Not at all far.
• 8.018 Not far enough!’
• 8.027 back to the far bank?’ asked the hobbit.
• 8.029 In this way they were all soon on the far bank
• 8.029 As it reached the further bank it stumbled.
• 8.032 and the sound as of dogs baying far off.
• 8.042 He could hear the dwarves shouting up at him from far below,
• 8.044 they were not far off the edge of the forest;
• 8.044 and he could not expect to see how far the forest lasted.
• 8.051 we have carried you far enough.’
• 8.052 to go a step further
• 8.062 not far away were scores of twinkling lights,
• 8.064 it was far worse this time.
• 8.070 begun not far away –
• 8.073 But the cries of the others got steadily further
• 8.073 in the far distance,
• 8.078 who were not likely to be very far off,
• 8.094 further and further
• 8.094 further and further
• 8.098 They made for his noise far quicker than he had expected.
• 8.100 I am far more sweet than other meat,
• 8.103 as far as he dared.
• 8.132 wound far underground
• 9.003 and at the far end were gates before the mouth of a huge cave
• 9.018 and joined the Forest River some way further to the east,
• 9.018 were brought from far away,
• 9.019 built out on bridges far into the water
• 9.020 to a place far down the river where the bank jutted out,
• 9.030 far down
• 9.030 and fortunately not far from the cellars.
• 9.032 as far as he could;
• 9.063 and far from a fire,
• 10.002 And far away,
• 10.002 Bilbo had come far
• 10.004 if he had known that news of this had reached Gandalf far away
• 10.006 and far,
• 10.007 Not far from the mouth of the Forest River
• 10.009 not far from the shoreward head of the great bridge.
• 10.018 Other folk were far away;
• 10.032 As a matter of fact he thought it far more likely
• 10.041 and as far northward towards the Mountain
• 10.045 although autumn was now getting far on,
• 11.008 much further towards the Gate;
• 11.012 in the perilous waste without hope of further help.
• 11.012 but as far as ever,
• 11.014 nor from further off
• 11.019 but they did not dare to venture very far that way,
• 11.021 and far.
• 11.029 there was a gleam of yellow upon its far roof,
• 12.002 and resource far exceeding his size,
• 12.002 far exceeding the usual allowance –
• 12.007 It was far easier going than he expected.
• 12.019 from far down
• 12.020 from far above that came down through it
• 12.027 in the stony hollows far above;
• 12.031 They crept further down the tunnel,
• 12.067 you could not get it very far?
• 12.067 and he knew his guesses were not far out,
• 12.068 So far all his thoughts
• 12.071 while far up
• 12.079 he had not gone nearly far enough
• 12.094 not far down from the half-open door
• 12.098 for any whisper of a movement from far below.
• 12.099 I like this silence far less than the uproar of last night.
• 12.101 They fled further down the tunnel
• 12.103 In the meanwhile he had further vengeance to take.
• 13.009 and far off
• 13.022 But soon they saw it far away
• 13.023 until he came to the great doors at the further side,
• 13.044 and far beyond the reach of their torch-light.
• 13.044 coming through some opening far above,
• 13.045 Not far off now is the Front Gate.’
• 13.046 at the further end,
• 13.054 How far is that?’
• 13.069 We can go no further to-day.’
• 13.071 and there was a small chamber further in,
• 14.002 at the far end of the lake,
• 14.032 and people further off took up the cry:
• 14.040 Far over Mirkwood tidings spread:
• 15.002 and far off there are many carrion birds
• 15.019 has already gone far
• 15.020 and now are scattered far.
• 15.027 far down the banks
• 15.027 not far from where the rest of their stores had been left.
• 15.048 Further
• 15.048 and in recompense you have thus far brought ruin only,
• 16.014 not far away.’
• 16.017 He had barely scrambled out on the far bank,
• 16.021 How did you get so far past our sentinels?’
• 17.061 That did not seem far off.
• 18.007 not far from where Bilbo sat.
• 18.051 and men came from far
• 18.053 There far away was the Lonely Mountain
• 19.003 The stars are far brighter
• 19.003 The moon is far whiter
• 19.025 Not far from the road

“far, adv.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, June 2020, http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/68132. Accessed 25 August 2020.

Deep-throated Singing of the Dwarves

[01.072] The dark filled all the room, and the fire died down, and the shadows were lost, and still they played on. And suddenly first one and then another began to sing as they played, deep-throated singing of the dwarves in the deep places of their ancient homes; and this is like a fragment of their song, if it can be like their song without their music.

[01.073] Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

[01.074] The dwarves of yore made mighty spells,
While hammers fell like ringing bells
In places deep, where dark things sleep,
In hollow halls beneath the fells.

[01.075] For ancient king and elvish lord
There many a gleaming golden hoard
They shaped and wrought, and light they caught
To hide in gems on hilt of sword.

[01.076] On silver necklaces they strung
The flowering stars, on crowns they hung
The dragon-fire, in twisted wire
They meshed the light of moon and sun.

[01.077] Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day,
To claim our long-forgotten gold.

[01.078] Goblets they carved there for themselves
And harps of gold; where no man delves
There lay they long, and many a song
Was sung unheard by men or elves.

[01.079] The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light.

[01.080] The bells were ringing in the dale
And men looked up with faces pale;
The dragon’s ire more fierce than fire
Laid low their towers and houses frail.

[01.081] The mountain smoked beneath the moon;
The dwarves, they heard the tramp of doom.
They fled their hall to dying fall
Beneath his feet, beneath the moon.

[01.082] Far over the misty mountains grim
To dungeons deep and caverns dim
We must away ere break of day,
To win our harps and gold from him!

My goodness, what delight to present the next poem to you, all properly concordanced. For reasons I cannot articulate, I felt it important to make “beneath” but not “far” or “over”. Let’s see which words I have left out.

the – 23 times
and – 12 times
they – 9 times
of – 8 times
to – 8 times
in – 6 times
on – 4 times
ere – 3 times
far – 3 times
must – 3 times
over – 3 times
there – 3 times
we – 3 times
were – 3 times
for – 2 times
a – 2 times
like – 2 times
our – 2 times
their – 2 times
was – 2 times
where – 2 times
with – 2 times
by – 1 time
from – 1 time
him – 1 time
his – 1 time
it – 1 time
made – 1 time
more – 1 time
no – 1 time
than – 1 time
themselves – 1 time
up – 1 time
while – 1 time

Win

This word has eight distinct meanings – strife, joy, penny, delightful, won (the adjective), to be victorious, to dwell, and to dry. Our meaning, to be victorious, is attested from 888. Y’all know me, I could spend the whole day investigating the other senses. When I have a day off, perhaps I will!

Oh, dear. It’s got a spin-off – witherwin. Let’s work double hard to win a day off!

• 1.082 To win our harps and gold from him!
• 1.094 and in this way the battle was won
• 1.096 The Took side had won.
• 5.094 And I won the game,
• 5.098 he had won the game,
• 12.095 about what would happen after the treasure had been won.
• 12.095 and I still think that when we have won it will be time enough
• 13.040 This treasure is not yet won back.
• 17.044 for they resolved now to win the dominion of the North.
• 17.061 before the goblins win the Gate,
• 18.035 in its winning
• 19.003 Than gold won by mining,