noticeably or extremely unconventional or unusual
‘He’s often away from home. And look at the
outlandish folk that visit him: dwarves coming at night, and that old wandering conjuror, Gandalf, and all. You can say what you like, Gaffer, but Bag End’s a queer place, and its folk are queerer.’
a store or supply of something
There might have been some grumbling about ‘dealing locally’, but that very week orders began to pour out of Bag End for every kind of
provision, commodity, or luxury that could be obtained in Hobbiton or Bywater or anywhere in the neighbourhood.
consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds
He gave away presents to all and
sundry — the latter were those who went out again by a back way and came in again by the gate.
having brief brilliant points or flashes of light
There were rockets like a flight of
scintillating birds singing with sweet voices.
a body of troops in close array
There were fountains of butterflies that flew glittering into the trees; there were pillars of coloured fires that rose and turned into eagles, or sailing ships, or a
phalanx of flying swans; there was a red thunderstorm and a shower of yellow rain; there was a forest of silver spears that sprang suddenly into the air with a yell like an embattled army, and came down again into the Water with a hiss like a hundred hot snakes.
stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
The pain and alarm vanished at once, and the
prostrate hobbits leaped to their feet.
a stock or supply of foods
Many young hobbits were included, and present by parental permission; for hobbits were easy-going with their children in the matter of sitting up late, especially when there was a chance of getting them a free meal. Bringing up young hobbits took a lot of
following immediately and as a result of what went before
The purchase of provisions fell almost to nothing throughout the district in the
ensuing weeks; but as Bilbo’s catering had depleted the stocks of most stores, cellars and warehouses for miles around, that did not matter much.
as a formality only
perfunctory clapping by the elders; and some loud shouts of ‘Frodo! Frodo! Jolly old Frodo,’ from the juniors.
’You are always
badgering me about my ring; but you have never bothered me about the other things that I got on my journey.’
marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield
‘I’ll do as I choose and go as I please,’ said Bilbo
in a manner expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
Then he shrugged his shoulders, and smiled rather
somewhat ill or prone to illness
indisposed — to see Sackville-Bagginses at any rate; and he stood up, fidgeting with something in his pocket.
a traveler going on a trip
He took to wandering further afield and more often by himself; and Merry and his other friends watched him anxiously. Often he was seen walking and talking with the strange
wayfarers that began at this time to appear in the Shire.
characteristic of the fields or country
Sam Gamgee was sitting in one corner near the fire, and opposite him was Ted Sandyman, the miller’s son; and there were various other
rustic hobbits listening to their talk.
a tentative attempt
The lesser rings were only
essays in the craft before it was full-grown, and to the Elven-smiths they were but trifles — yet still to my mind dangerous for mortals.
something of small importance
The lesser rings were only essays in the craft before it was full-grown, and to the Elven-smiths they were but
trifles — yet still to my mind dangerous for mortals.
information about recent and important events
Even in the light of morning he felt the dark shadow of the
tidings that Gandalf had brought.
lessen the intensity of or calm
He said and did things then that filled me with a fear that no words of Saruman could
allay. I knew at last that something dark and deadly was at work.
marked by difficulty of style or expression
Among the Wise I am the only one that goes in for hobbit-lore: an
obscure branch of knowledge, but full of surprises.
up to this point; until the present time
I believe that
hitherto, mark you — he has entirely overlooked the existence of hobbits. You should be thankful. But your safety has passed.
a pause from doing something
Always after a defeat and a
respite, the Shadow takes another shape and grows again.
take or catch as if in a trap
Nine he gave to Mortal Men, proud and great, and so
ensnared them. Long ago they fell under the dominion of the One, and they became Ringwraiths, shadows under his great Shadow, his most terrible servants.
wait in hiding to attack
For Isildur was marching north along the east banks of the River, and near the Gladden Fields he was
waylaid by the Orcs of the Mountains, and almost all his folk were slain.
inquisitive and curious-minded of that family was called Sméagol.
secret and sly or sordid
‘All the “great secrets” under the mountains had turned out to be just empty night: there was nothing more to find out, nothing worth doing, only nasty
furtive eating and resentful remembering. He was altogether wretched. He hated the dark, and he hated light more: he hated everything, and the Ring most of all.’
range of what one can know or understand
It wandered off southwards and passed out of the Wood-elves’
ken, and was lost.
situated at or extending to great depth
Frodo gazed fixedly at the red embers on the hearth, until they filled all his vision, and he seemed to be looking down into
profound wells of fire.
be undecided or uncertain
‘Well, sir,’ said Sam
dithering a little. ‘I heard a deal that I didn’t rightly understand, about an enemy, and rings, and Mr. Bilbo, sir, and dragons, and a fiery mountain, and — and Elves, sir. I listened because I couldn’t help myself, if you know what I mean...'
the income or profit arising from a transaction
A few held the theory — supported by the nods and hints of Mr. Baggins himself — that Frodo’s money was running out: he was going to leave Hobbiton and live in a quiet way on the
proceeds of the sale down in Buckland among his Brandybuck relations.
They ate a very
frugal supper (for hobbits), and then went on again.
a branch that flows into the main stream
He used often to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep, and every path was its
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
From inside the hood came a noise as of someone sniffing to catch an
elusive scent; the head turned from side to side of the road.
alongside each other, facing in the same direction
abreast and in step, to keep up their spirits.
a feeling of mild anxiety about possible developments
After a time, as the stars grew thicker and brighter, the feeling of
disquiet left them, and they no longer listened for the sound of hoofs.
a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
But he remembered that there was bread, surpassing the savour of a fair white loaf to one who is starving; and fruits sweet as wildberries and richer than the tended fruits of gardens; he drained a cup that was filled with a fragrant
draught, cool as a clear fountain, golden as a summer afternoon.
threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments
The tidings were mostly sad and
ominous: of gathering darkness, the wars of Men, and the flight of the Elves.
difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
But it is said: Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are
subtle and quick to anger.
deliberately vague or ambiguous
‘Did you find out anything about them from Gildor?’
‘Not much — only hints and riddles,’ said Frodo
wrap in or as if in strips of cloth
He was riding a pony, and a scarf was
swathed round his neck and over his chin to keep out the fog.