Tower

Just a few:

• 1.080 Laid low their towers and houses frail.
• 4.035 into a tower of blue glowing smoke,
• 7.036 and towering tall above Gandalf.
• 7.151 overlooked by his dark tower!
• 11.001 towering grim
• 11.006 the grey ruins of ancient houses, towers, and walls.
• 19.011 “And bright are the windows of Night in her tower.”

Low

We have included the adjective, the adverb, the verb relevant to cattle noises and “lower”, the verb relevant to Kili being lowered down and hauled up to give the news.

• 1.027 and ‘Dwalin at your service!’ he said with a low bow.
• 1.080 Laid low their towers and houses frail.
• 1.105 That marks a hidden passage to the Lower Halls.’
• 1.124 often enough sinking as low as blacksmith-work or even coalmining.
• 3.012 The air grew warmer as they got lower,
• 4.012 you found a low arch
• 5.035 “But in low place
Not in high place.'”
• 5.122 At last he stopped by a low opening,
• 5.129 on the low arch of the passage.
• 5.133 The passage was low
• 5.133 A bit low for goblins,
• 5.133 go along at a great speed stooping low with their hands almost on the ground.
• 6.004 and low trees.
• 6.012 out of the lower door,
• 6.03 as the goblins called the lower gate,
• 6.041 and swung themselves into lower branches,
• 6.045 and over the black tops of those growing lower down
• 6.052 hunting for those that had branches fairly low,
• 6.056 for Dori was lowest down
• 6.079 the lower branches cracked.
• 7.031 and a cluster of low wooden buildings,
• 7.031 and a long low wooden house.
• 7.051 and stood bowing low before them.
• 7.069 and bowed so low that their beards swept the stone floor.
• 7.079 the discovery of the lower gate,
• 7.092 in low brackets
• 7.093 These were very low,
• 7.093 low enough even for Bilbo to sit at comfortably.
• 7.093 and he probably had them low like the tables
• 7.093 and low enough even for Bilbo;
• 7.106 The fire burned low
• 8.003 in the lower branches on either side of them.
• 8.007 in fact already beginning to get low.
• 8.015 which is low just there where the path goes down into the water.’
• 8.041 but they hoisted him up into the lowest branches
• 9.018 A stream flowed under part of the lowest regions of the palace,
• 9.035 down into the lowest cellars they crept.
• 9.057 in the gloom seemed pretty low
• 10.030 at the lower end
• 11.013 and walled with lower spurs of the Mountain.
• 11.014 in the lower part,
• 11.017 to lower one of the more active dwarves,
• 11.019 They spoke low
• 11.032 The sun sank lower
• 11.032 and lower,
• 11.032 Then suddenly when their hope was lowest
• 12.013 but his fires were low
• 12.042 as he drew near the lower door.
• 12.072 I laid low the warriors of old
• 12.092 Why has not Smaug blocked the lower end,
• 14.002 was mostly screened by the low hills
• 14.008 in the low place
• 14.021 flying low,
• 14.023 The dragon swooped once more lower than ever,
• 15.028 they had contrived a small low arch under the new wall;
• 16.017 and climbed down towards the lower course of the stream,
• 17.046 flying lower,
• 17.048 in its lower slopes
• 18.023 about their lords upon a low rounded hill.
• 18.039 Then the dwarves bowed low before their Gate,
• 19.001 into the lower glades of the wood

Fierce

Fierce, related to “feral”, comes from meanings abut wildness – sometimes its use indicates a positive thing, sometimes negative, but always strong and out of control. In heraldry a “fierce” means the same as a “pale” (the vertical line named after the weapon, not the lack of color from our previous entry!)

• 1.080 The dragon’s ire more fierce than fire
• 1.083 a fierce and a jealous love,
• 1.093 as fierce as a dragon
• 1.095 It is all very well for Gandalf to talk about this hobbit being fierce,
• 1.096 and breakfast to be thought fierce.
• 1.096 it almost made him really fierce.
• 4.038 “Follow me quick!” said a voice fierce
• 5.023 whether he was fierce or hungry,
• 6.07 and fierce as the flames.
• 7.023 and hives of great fierce bees,
• 7.122 and they were fiercely angry
• 7.123 he chuckled fiercely to himself.
• 7.125 Beorn was a fierce enemy.
• 8.076 and much fiercer
• 12.022 in fierce whistling steam,
• 12.032 and the little high-walled bay had kept out his fiercest flames.
• 13.032 and he may become fierce.
• 14.023 so fierce was its flight.
• 14.028 and a fierce light was

Face

It’s a noun, it’s a verb, and it’s related to “fact”!

• 1.004 good-natured faces,
• 1.058 in the face,
• 1.080 And men looked up with faces pale;
• 1.097 As soon as I saw your funny faces on the door-step,
• 2.043 from the great heavy faces of them,
• 2.079 in Thorin’s face.
• 3.033 in face as an elf-lord,
• 5.012 in his thin face.
• 5.035 in a blue face
• 5.035 Saw an eye in a green face.
• 6.082 their talons tore at goblin faces.
• 7.032 and looked at them intently with very intelligent faces;
• 7.045 It faced south
• 8.004 and longed for the feel of wind on their faces.
• 8.033 Bombur slept on with a smile on his fat face,
• 8.043 and on his face;
• 8.071 and their faces
• 9.035 still happily snoring with smiles upon their faces.
• 9.035 There would be a different expression on the face of the chief guard next day,
• 11.014 which turned north across the face of the Mountain.
• 11.019 in the smooth face of the rock
• 12.008 but his little face was set
• 13.002 I must feel the wind on my face soon or die.
• 13.009 There he lay face downwards on the floor
• 13.023 and brushed his face.
• 13.050 and to feel the wind on my face.
• 13.066 but backed to the North by a rocky face
• 14.028 his black hair hung wet over his face
• 15.046 and grim of face,
• 17.031 and their faces were grim.
• 17.059 facing every way,
• 19.020 as the rain beat into his face.
• 19.027 He mopped his face with a red silk handkerchief –

Look

In all cases as far as my eyes can see, it is used as a verb in The Hobbit.

• 1.005 although he looked
• 1.006 and the hobbits had almost forgotten what he looked like.
• 1.008 But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows
• 1.060 and trying to look as if this was all perfectly ordinary
• 1.068 and in the dim light it made him look strange
• 1.080 And men looked up with faces pale;
• 1.083 He looked out of the window.
• 1.095 He looks more like a grocer than a burglar!’
• 1.111 which has been made to look exactly like the side of the Mountain.
• 1.114 Now things begin to look more hopeful.
• 1.124 They looked very grim but they said very little.
• 1.140 and have a look round.
• 2.026 and he looked rather comic.
• 2.028 On some of them were old castles with an evil look,
• 2.037 When they had looked at it for some while,
• 2.044 if it don’t look like mutton again tomorrer,”
• 2.051 look what I’ve copped!” said William.
• 2.075 and looked at the fire,
• 2.106 as they looked at him.
• 2.110 We must look into it!”
• 2.115 “These look like good blades,”
• 2.116 and looked fit to eat,
• 2.119 “To look ahead,” said he.
• 3.001 Dark and drear it looked,
• 3.002 that looked so big before.
• 3.008 and they looked down surprised to see trees below them
• 3.008 some of them green pleasant places to look at,
• 3.010 as he looked for the stones,
• 3.011 and looked over the edge.
• 3.013 and he looked up at the stars.
• 3.019 “Just look! Bilbo the hobbit on a pony,
• 3.035 That day he looked at the swords they had brought
• 3.042 “not when you look straight at them.
• 4.002 Now they could look back over the lands they had left,
• 4.008 and Kili to look for a better shelter.
• 4.008 if you look,
• 4.014 and look.
• 4.033 when he looked at it,
• 5.087 and was always going back to look at it.
• 5.101 and as he looked towards it,
• 5.142 Look out for the door,’
• 6.001 and he looked back.
• 6.001 Then he looked forward
• 6.003 and look for his friends.
• 6.008 into those abominable tunnels to look for him,
• 6.009 Either you help me to look for him,
• 6.023 The dwarves looked at him
• 6.024 He gave Bilbo a queer look from under his bushy eyebrows,
• 6.039 As they went on Bilbo looked from side to side
• 6.044 Look at the light!’
• 6.067 and looked down upon the ring of the Wargs,
• 6.067 that could look at the sun unblinking,
• 6.086 He used to turn queer if he looked over the edge
• 6.086 when he looked down between his dangling toes
• 6.100 nor remember what it looked like.
• 7.001 He jumped up to look at the time
• 7.003 even if you look rather like one.
• 7.005 and below them were trees that looked like oaks
• 7.011 I may look
• 7.012 and looked most distressed,
• 7.032 and looked at them intently with very intelligent faces;
• 7.035 They don’t look dangerous.
• 7.046 and looked at the flowers
• 7.069 they looked so comical.
• 7.082 But look here, Gandalf,
• 7.116 They must have looked very queer from outside,
• 7.135 I hope you like the look of it.
• 7.140 I will look after that.
• 7.142 and don’t look so glum.
• 7.149 You have got to look after all these dwarves for me,’
• 8.008 or looked it
• 8.015 but it looks to me as if it was just drawn up on the bank,
• 8.021 Bilbo was on the look out,
• 8.032 and look for the hart,
• 8.040 and have a look round.
• 8.043 He looked at the ‘black emperors’
• 8.054 They all looked,
• 8.055 It looks as if my dreams were coming true,’
• 8.058 and looked into a clearing
• 8.078 but obviously he had first of all to look for his friends,
• 8.078 and in what direction he should go first to look for the dwarves.
• 8.096 and look for me?
• 8.111 This time there looked like being a horrible battle.
• 8.114 It looked pretty hopeless.
• 8.126 and look for anything,
• 8.128 and looked round at them.
• 8.134 The king looked sternly on Thorin,
• 9.004 He did not at all like the look of the cavern-mouth,
• 9.006 and though he looked grimly at them,
• 9.045 He has had his share by the looks of it.’
• 9.051 It looked as if he would certainly lose his friends this time
• 9.066 we might have had a look inside,’
• 10.002 and looked across the marshes to the forest.
• 10.002 and now he did not like the look of it
• 10.006 that any water that was not the sea could look so big.
• 10.006 It was so wide that the opposite shores looked small
• 10.010 and a savage look
• 10.020 and he looked it,
• 10.034 and looked from one to the other.
• 10.038 Thorin looked
• 10.039 He had not forgotten the look of the Mountain,
• 11.007 He looked both sad
• 11.008 until lying hidden behind a rock they could look out
• 11.009 they look like spies of evil.’
• 11.014 Bilbo came on what looked like rough steps going upwards.
• 11.014 because it was so small that it looked
• 12.005 Fili and Kili looked uncomfortable
• 12.044 Smaug certainly looked fast asleep,
• 12.046 I only wished to have a look at you
• 12.076 Look!’
• 12.083 and I don’t like the look of him.’
• 13.013 and have a look round before the luck turns.’
• 13.019 At last he looked down upon it,
• 13.035 Royal indeed did Thorin look,
• 13.038 but I expect I look rather absurd.
• 13.055 But look down there!
• 13.071 They looked West
• 14.002 and they looked seldom at it,
• 14.004 Look!’ said one.
• 14.020 Look for the hollow of the left breast
• 14.042 and looked on the ruins of the town.
• 15.028 to the right as one looked outwards from the wall.
• 15.037 The heart is bold that looks on gold;
• 15.050 we look on you as foes
• 16.001 and bade them eagerly to look for it
• 16.022 though perhaps he doesn’t know me to look at.
• 16.040 The Elvenking looked at Bilbo with a new wonder.
• 16.040 than many that have looked more comely
• 17.060 On all this Bilbo looked with misery.
• 17.062 in the gloom Bilbo looked round.
• 17.065 Many wondering eyes looked up,
• 18.010 and we have looked for you long.
• 18.010 I have been sent to look here for the last time.
• 18.016 He looked up as Bilbo came beside him.
• 18.042 and their hearts looked forward after winter to a spring of joy.
• 19.032 Look at last on meadows green
• 19.033 Gandalf looked at him.

Blaze

It’s an Olllld English word, first meaning “a torch” and then the fire on the torch, related to many Germanic words bound together by the sense of “shiny”. I am tempted to try “blazin'” as my new enthusiasm-communicating word.

“blaze, n.1.” OED Online, Oxford University Press, June 2020, http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/20003. Accessed 10 July 2020.

See how sparingly JRRT uses it! See how it anchors the very pivot point of the book!

[17.041] ‘Halt!’ cried Gandalf, who appeared suddenly, and stood alone, with arms uplifted, between the advancing dwarves and the ranks awaiting them. ‘Halt!’ he called in a voice like thunder, and his staff blazed forth with a flash like the lightning. ‘Dread has come upon you all! Alas! it has come more swiftly than I guessed. The Goblins are upon you! Bolg of the North is coming, O Dain! whose father you slew in Moria. Behold! the bats are above his army like a sea of locusts. They ride upon wolves and Wargs are in their train!’

• 1.079 The trees like torches blazed with light.
• 6.058 with eyes blazing
• 6.078 till beards blaze, and eyes glaze;
• 7.084 and the forest beginning to blaze
• 8.063 he stumbled forward into the full blaze of the fire
• 8.070 There’s a regular blaze of light
• 12.022 and up he soared blazing into the air
• 12.027 at any moment he might come blazing down
• 14.013 the dragon’s wrath blazed to its height,
• 17.041 and his staff blazed forth

Tree

Chapters 12, 13, 15, 16, and 17 are void of trees, let us make of that what we will.

• 1.017 Anything from climbing trees to visiting elves –
• 1.079 The trees like torches blazed with light.
• 1.083 in a dark sky above the trees.
• 1.117 and axes are used for trees,
• 2.028 dark with trees.
• 2.034 They moved to a clump of trees,
• 2.036 There was a hill some way off with trees on it,
• 2.036 Out of the dark mass of the trees
• 2.039 as they went through the trees
• 2.048 so at last he crept behind a tree just behind William.
• 2.05 before he could duck behind the tree.
• 2.078 “It’s trolls!” said Bilbo from behind a tree.
• 2.107 as he stepped from behind a tree,
• 2.111 going away through the trees.
• 3.007 There seemed to be no trees
• 3.008 and they looked down surprised to see trees below them
• 3.011 the scent of trees was
• 3.012 The trees changed to beech
• 3.013 in the trees:
• 3.018 in the trees;
• 3.021 came out from the trees
• 4.005 where they smashed among the trees far below,
• 5.026 Is taller than trees,
• 5.055 Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
• 5.149 and hunting among the trees.
• 5.149 slipping in and out of the shadow of the trees,
• 6.001 and plains glimpsed occasionally between the trees.
• 6.004 and low trees.
• 6.041 It was the trees at the bottom that saved them.
• 6.041 got behind a tree to shelter from the onslaught of the rocks.
• 6.045 though far away through the trees
• 6.045 “into the branches of the trees.
[06.046]”
• 6.048 they came suddenly to an opening where no trees grew.
• 6.052 Up the trees quick!’ cried Gandalf;
• 6.052 and they ran to the trees at the edge of the glade,
• 6.052 in the trees
• 6.052 like an enormous Christmas tree.
• 6.052 had found a tree into which they could not climb,
• 6.053 He could not get into any tree,
• 6.055 and up trees!
• 6.056 in the easiest tree,
• 6.057 So Dori actually climbed out of the tree
• 6.058 yelping all round the tree
• 6.059 cannot climb trees.
• 6.059 Trees are not very comfortable to sit
• 6.060 This glade in the ring of trees
• 6.060 They left guards at the foot of the tree
• 6.06 till they had smelt out every tree that had anyone
• 6.062 cutting down trees,
• 6.063 and letting the people up the trees escape,
• 6.063 and goblins can climb trees,
• 6.064 stuck up in a tall tree
• 6.064 from the branches of the tree.
• 6.067 in the trees,
• 6.070 and there dead trees,
• 6.070 But the wolf-guards did not leave the trees.
• 6.072 nearest to the trees where the dwarves were.
• 6.072 till the running fire was licking the fuel piled under the trees.
• 6.077 Burn, burn tree and fern!
• 6.079 the flames were under Gandalf’s tree.
• 6.08 Then Gandalf climbed to the top of his tree.
• 6.084 The flames about the trees sprang suddenly up
• 6.086 let alone trees
• 7.005 and below them were trees that looked like oaks
• 7.024 Sometimes they rested under the trees,
• 7.083 into trees with the wolves all underneath,
• 7.088 I suppose that is all that there were up the trees.
• 7.096 and dark at the top like trees of the forest.
• 7.125 and a warg-skin was nailed to a tree just beyond.
• 7.132 and in the distance the line of the river with its trees drawing ever closer.
• 7.133 and scattered trees,
• 7.133 they were the dead branches of trees.
• 7.134 of its outer trees.
• 7.145 that a thing like a bear left the shadow of the trees
• 8.001 made by two great trees
• 8.001 while all the trees leaned over them
• 8.003 often stretched from tree to tree,
• 8.003 often stretched from tree to tree,
• 8.028 in a tree on the other side.
• 8.033 in the trees
• 8.035 to thinner trees
• 8.037 they came to a part where most of the trees were beeches.
• 8.040 Somebody must climb a tree
• 8.040 is to choose the tallest tree
• 8.041 in climbing trees,
• 8.041 in the tree,
• 8.043 he could see no end to the trees
• 8.044 the tree that he had climbed,
• 8.044 so that from its top the trees seemed to swell up
• 8.048 only lit with torches on the trees
• 8.054 and fires were burning under the trees,
• 8.058 where some trees had been felled
• 8.058 and sitting on sawn rings of the felled trees
• 8.058 to some of the trees round about;
• 8.059 bumping crash into trees,
• 8.074 So he sat himself down with his back to a tree,
• 8.081 Standing behind a tree he watched a group of them for some time,
• 8.092 and it dropped senseless off the tree,
• 8.094 then dancing among the trees he began to sing a song
• 8.096 Old fat spider spinning in a tree!
• 8.097 You’ll never catch me up your tree!
• 8.098 swung from tree to tree,
• 8.098 swung from tree to tree,
• 8.102 between two tall trees
• 8.104 and came back to their trees where the dwarves were hung.
• 8.11 and skin hanging on a tree.
• 8.112 and fell down the tree
• 8.113 For he saw spiders swarming up all the neighbouring trees,
• 8.115 from tree to tree.
• 8.115 from tree to tree.
• 8.119 and ‘Attercop’ from among the trees away on the right.
• 8.12 in the trees above them
• 8.126 in front of him at the endless trees;
• 8.132 The beeches were their favourite trees.
• 9.003 that ran into the side of a steep slope covered with trees.
• 9.053 Float beyond the world of trees
• 9.057 of the trees on either bank.
• 9.061 where the trees on either hand grew thinner.
• 9.062 Also he had caught a glimpse of a fire through the trees,
• 10.001 The trees ended.
• 10.007 on huge piles made of forest trees
• 11.004 and before long there was neither bush nor tree,
• 14.014 the trees by the shores shone like copper
• 14.023 felled trees
• 14.043 and they busied themselves felling trees,
• 18.043 under the trees.
• 19.001 in the trees,
• 19.028 and of the trees
• 19.029 Over rock and under tree,
• 19.032 And trees and hills they long have known.

Spread

Oooh, good morning – my fancy is tickled by a verb whose present, perfect and pluperfect are identical.

• 1.079 The fire was red, it flaming spread;
• 1.101 he spread a piece of parchment rather like a map.
• 1.122 and were gradually spreading
• 4.003 and the goblins had spread
• 4.013 So they spread out their wet things on the floor,
• 6.072 a ring which they kept from spreading outwards;
• 6.079 In a moment it spread to the others.
• 9.059 and lay on the top spread out to keep the balance as best he could.
• 10.003 and bogs had spread
• 10.034 The news had spread
• 12.09 it silently spread its wings
• 14.04 Far over Mirkwood tidings spread:

Flame

We’ve recently done “Fire” – it’s a nice moment to add “Flame”.

• 1.079 The fire was red, it flaming spread;
• 1.083 Suddenly in the wood beyond The Water a flame leapt up –
• 1.083 and kindling it all to flames.
• 1.123 in a spout of flame.
• 4.041 now it was bright as blue flame
• 5.101 the light of his eyes burned with a pale flame.
• 6.064 one in blue flames,
• 6.065 in flames.
• 6.07 in flames.
• 6.07 and fierce as the flames.
• 6.072 until nearly all the flames were put out –
• 6.072 and flame
• 6.072 he could feel the heat of the flames;
• 6.079 the flames were under Gandalf’s tree.
• 6.084 The flames about the trees sprang suddenly up
• 7.096 in the light of the dancing flames
• 8.006 in the little flicker of the flames.
• 12.022 and scarlet flame.
• 12.029 licking the mountain-sides with flame,
• 12.032 and the little high-walled bay had kept out his fiercest flames.
• 12.079 for the dragon spouted terrific flames after him,
• 14.015 Flames unquenchable sprang high into the night.
• 14.018 The flames were near him.
• 17.05 with a gleam of chill flame,

Red

So much to say about this great word, but this morning’s accomplishment is graduating to Python3 to handle my bullet points better.

• 01.032 He hung his red one next to it,
• 1.051 A little red wine,
• 1.058 and red
• 1.079 The fire was red, it flaming spread;
• 1.101 in the light of a big lamp with a red shade
• 1.104 in red on the Mountain,’ said Balin,
• 1.11 in red ink.
• 2.036 a reddish comfortable-looking light,
• 2.04 Suddenly the red light shone out very bright
• 2.042 As for Bilbo walking primly towards the red light,
• 4.018 of a red light before them.
• 4.023 It was lit by a great red fire
• 4.044 The blink of red torches could be seen
• 5.03 Thirty white horses on a red hill,
• 5.134 Not red light,
• 6.005 a head with a red hood on:
• 6.064 one in red,
• 6.07 and their eyes shining as red
• 6.085 a red twinkle on the black floor;
• 7.094 and on the table were two tall red beeswax candles.
• 7.116 green, blue, red, silver-grey, yellow, white;
• 7.126 and red earthenware pots of honey,
• 7.133 but soon the sun rose red
• 7.133 of red deer browsing
• 8.005 and sometimes pairs of yellow or red or green eyes
• 8.037 of the path from the deep red carpets
• 8.054 they saw a red twinkle
• 9.001 like hundreds of red stars.
• 9.005 with red torch-light,
• 9.005 and red leaves,
• 11.032 a red ray of the sun escaped like a finger through a rent
• 12.011 It was a red light steadily getting redder
• 12.011 in the red glow
• 12.028 A red light touched the points of standing rocks.
• 12.044 and piercing ray of red
• 14.011 and the lake rippled red as fire
• 17.048 black and red,
• 17.055 and red light leapt from their eyes.
• 17.062 and a red sunset slashed the West.
• 18.02 he wept until his eyes were red
• 19.027 He mopped his face with a red silk handkerchief –
• 19.036 and red hung on the gate,