By Oliver Loo
The booklet comprises over 1100 phrases and is meant to be a brief reference consultant for the reader of The Hobbit & The Lord of the jewelry, the place outdated, unusual and archaic phrases could be speedy regarded up and their which means made transparent. Draught for instance happens 35 instances within the textual content with at the least five varied meanings. It skill present of air in a single sentence, ingesting, or a drink or potion in one other, person who is drafted into provider in one other, to attract or to drag in one other and at last the intensity a vessel sinks within the water. One must understand the entire meanings on the way to totally comprehend the textual content. The phrases within the first portion of each one publication are prepared so as of visual appeal within the books. within the final part, the phrases are prepared alphabetically for ease of discovering a specific observe with no regard to the place it truly is used. additionally incorporated is the sentence the place the observe is used to supply the reader with the contextual surroundings of the note within the sentence it really is utilized in as an relief to appreciate the which means.
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Cufflinks. Not the wandering wizard that gave Old Took a pair of magic diamond studs that fastened themselves and never came undone…. snapdragons 13 A plant of the scrophulariaceous genus Antirrhinum, esp. A. Majus, an herb long cultivated for its spikes of showy flowers, of various colors, with a corolla that has been supposed to look like the mouth of a dragon. " laburnums 13 A small leguminous tree, Laburnum laburnum, having pendulous racemens of yellow flowers. " prosy 14 Given to discoursing in a commonplace, dull, or wearisome manner.
Uncivil or morose. They were surly and angry…. store 186 The supply or stock of necessities stored up, as for future use; supplies of food, clothing, etc; a supply of anything. …inside the caves he could pick up a living of some sort by stealing food from store or table…. wretched 187 Deplorably unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable; deeply unhappy in mind; in an unsatisfactory physical condition. Thorin was too wretched to be angry any longer at his misfortunes, and was even beginning to think of telling the king all about his treasure and his quest (which shows how low-spirited he had become)….
The sentence from the book can, can of course be read first; the meaning guessed at and then the definition read by those so inclined. It does make for an interesting game. Definitions I have attempted to provide definitions that are clear and concise. Many Tolkien readers will know that this is not always possible. Not all dictionaries agree on the meanings of words. Many words are difficult, even today to define. Tolkien, maybe more than anyone else, was aware of the problems with words and their meanings.
A Tolkien English Glossary: A Guide to Old Uncommon and Achaic Words Used in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by Oliver Loo