Grim-voiced

In all three cases referring to Bard – and although he speaks in a handful of chapters, it is only in chapter 14 that we see this word describing him.

I also talk about this word in the Grim entry, since we are interested in who and what are grim in any way, but out hyphen adventure leads me to separate “Grim-voiced” into its own entry as well.

  • 14.009 But the grim-voiced fellow ran hotfoot to the Master.
  • 14.013 if it had not been for the grim-voiced man
  • 14.018 grim-voiced

Hyphen Mini-Concordance

I took a dare for this summer, let’s see how I do.  This post will be a mini-concordance of the hyphenated words in the work, based on which we will explore some ideas about language and world-building.  Even assembling the 374 words is painstaking; let’s consider this post a work in progress for a little while (would that be a work-in-progress?).

A-arguing
A-roaming
A-sneakin’
A-struggling
A-talkin’
A-thinkin’
A-wagging
After-supper
Air-holes
Apple-tart
Arm-chair
Arrow-wound
Back-door
Bad-hearted
Bag-End
Banner-bearers
Barn-owl
Barrel-rider
Bat-cloud
Bat-wing
Battle-ground

Battering-ram
Bee-pastures
Beech-logs
Beer-barrels
Beer-mug
Bell-shaped
Bird-nesting
Bird-speech
Black-haired
Blacksmith-work
Blind-man’s-buff
Blood-curdling
Breakfast-time
Burglar-expert
Cavern-mouth
Clay-pipe
Cliff-wall
Clink-clink
Clue-finder
Coal-black
Comfortable-looking
Cross-legged
Dark-green
Dark-grey
Dart-throwing
Deep-elves
Deep-piled
Deep-set
Deep-throated
Ding-dong-a-ling-dang
Dining-room
Dish-covers
Door-post
Doorstep
Double-thick
Dragon-fire
Dragon-gold
Dragon-guarded
Dragon-haunted
Dragon-hoard
Dragon-lore
Dragon-noises
Dragon-shooter
Dragon-sickness
Dragon-slay
Dragon-spell
Dragon-talk
Drawing-room
Dream-dinners
Dressing-gown
Drinking-bowl
Drinking-horn
Drum-shaped
Dungeon-hall
Dwarf-fashion
Dwarf-kings
Dwarf-lad
Dwarf-linked
Dwarf-lord
Dwarf-mail
Dwarf-messenger
Dwarf-ridden
Eagle-lord
Easy-tempered
Egg-question
Egg-shaped
Elf-cave
Elf-charge
Elf-fire
Elf-friend
Elf-guard
Elf-host
Elf-king
Elf-lord
Elf-maiden
Elf-prince
Elf-road
Elven-harp
Elvish-looking
Fair-sized

Far-distant
Far-off
Fat-bodied
Feather-bed
Figure-eight
Fir-trees
Fire-place
First-class
Fish-bones
Flip-flap
Fly-walk
Foe-hammer
Food-bags
Food-supplies
Fore-foot
Forest-day
Forest-floor
Forest-gate
Forest-gloom
Forest-path
Forest-river
Forest-road
Forest-roof
Forest-silence
Forest-track
Four-legs
Fourth-day
Front-door
Front-hall
Frying-pan
Gate-guards
Giant-size
Goblin-chains
Goblin-cities
Goblin-cleaver
Goblin-drivers
Goblin-dwelling
Goblin-guards
Goblin-hall
Goblin-infested
Goblin-raid
Goblin-town
Goblin-tunnels
Goblin-wars
Gold-plated
Good-bye
Good-morning
Good-natured
Good-night
Grand-uncle
Grass-green
Grass-land
Grassy-floored
Grown-up
Guard-chamber
Half-finished
Half-imagined
Half-open
Hawthorn-berries
Hearth-run
Helter-skelter
Hide-and-seek
Hiding-place
High-walled
Hill-side
Hind-legs
Honey-smelling
Iron-bound
Jack-in-the-box
Key-hold
Lake-man
Lake-people
Lake-town
Lamp-like
Landing-place
Late-comers
Left-hand
Light-elves
Lightning-flash
Little-known
Lone-lands
Long-bodied
Long-forgotten
Long-lived
Look-out
Looking-glass
Low-seated
Low-spirited
Make-up
Market-place
Market-pool
May-sunshine
May-time
Meeting-place
Mid-day
Mid-winter
Midsummer-eve
Mince-pies
Mock-politeness
Money-counters
Moon-letters
Moss-green
Mountain-gates
Mountain-king
Mountain-palace
Mountain-paths
Mountain-roots
Mountain-shadowed
Mountain-side
Mountain-slope
Mountain-spur
Mountain-stream
Mountain-top
Mountain-wall
Never-varying
New-hewn
No-legs
Noble-hearted
North-west
Note-paper
Now-a-days
Oak-trunk
Old-fashioned
Old-looking
One-leg
Out-of-doors
Out-of-pocket
Owk-wood
Owl-noises
Pine-cone
Pine-needles
Pine-root
Pine-torch
Pine-tree
Pine-woods
Pitch-dark
Pocket-handkerchief
Pocket-knife
Pocket-picking
Pony-rides
Pop-gun
Pork-pie
Post-office
Rabbit-cropped
Rabbit-hole
Raft-elves
Raft-men
Raft-steerer
Rat-tat
Raven-messengers
Re-sung
Red-golden
Red-stained
Riddle-competition
Riddle-game
River-door
River-shore
River-toll
River-valley
Rock-chamber
Rock-face
Rock-gates
Rock-shadows
Rock-wall
Rockhewn
Round-bellied
Rune-letters
Rush-bottom
Sackville-Baggins
Screech-owl
Sea-elves
Sea-sighing
Seed-cake
Shut-in
Side-door
Side-passage
Silver-grey
Silver-hafted
Silver-steel
Sitting-room
Skin-changer
Sky-glue
Sky-high
Sleeping-daught
Smith-craft
Smoke-hole
Smoke-ring
Smooth-floored
Smooth-sided
Snail-covered
Snow-peak
Snow-white
South-east
South-pointing
South-west
Spare-rooms
Spider-colony
Spider-poison
Spider-rope
Spider-string
Spider-thread
Steep-sided
Steep-walled
Stone-giant
Stone-paved
Stone-slide
Story-telling
Supper-time
Sure-footed
Suspicious-looking
Swift-flying
Sword-blade
Tea-time
Thank-you
Thorn-bush
Thorn-hedge
Three-legs
Thrice-forged
Thrush-language
Thunder-battle
Tinder-box
To-day
To-do
Tobacco-jar
Tom-cat
Took-clan
top-hat
Toss-pot
Town-baiting
Town-hall
Treasure-hunter
Tree-stem
Tree-top
Tree-trunk
Troll-make
Tub-trading
Tunnel-wall
Twenty-first
Twenty-second
Twice-baked
Two-handed
Two-handled
Two-legs
Ugly-looking
Under-covering
Under-Hill
Valley-side
Vampire-like
Walking-stick
Warg-skin
Wash-up
Watch-fire
Watch-post
Water-gate
Water-skin
Weather-stain
Web-cutter
Well-armed
Well-behaved
Well-filled
Well-groomed
Well-to-do
Wide-armed
Wide-sweeping
Wine-barrel
Wolf-ally
Wolf-glade
Wolf-guards
Wolf-rider
Wolf-ring
Wood-elf
Wood-fire
Yule-tide
Zig-zag

Food Mini-Concordance

Here they are, all the food words in one post:

Acorn
After-supper
Ale
Animal
Appetite
Apple
Apple-tart
Bacon
Bake
Bannock
Banquet
Barrel
Bee
Beer
Beer-barrels
Beer-mug
Berry
Biscuit
Bite
Bitter
Blackberry
Boil
Bone
Bottle
Bowl (vessel)
Bread
Breakfast
Breakfast-time
Brew
Butter
Cake
Carrion
Cask
Cattle
Cellar
Cheese
Chestnut
Chicken
Coffee
Commons
Cook
Cork
Cram
Cream
Crock
Cup
Dainty
Deer
Delicious
Dine & Dinner
Dining-room
Dish
Dish-cover
Donkey
Dream-dinner
Drink
Drinking-bowl
Drinking-horn
Eat
Egg
Egg-question
Egg-shaped
Famish
Fat
Feast
Feed
Fish
Flagon
Flour
Food
Food-bags
Food-supplies
Fruit
Frying-pan
Glass
Goblet
Goblin
Goblin-imp
Goblinses
Goods
Grass
Gravy
Grocer
Ham
Hare
Hart
Hawthorn-berries
Herb
Hind
Honey
Honey-smelling
Horse
Hunger
Jam
Jar
Jelly
Jug
Juice
Kettle
Kitchen
Knife
Larder
Loaf
Marjoram
Mead (drink)
Meal
Meat
Milk
Mince-pies
Morsel
Mouthful
Mutton
NibbleNut
Pan
Pantry
Parch
Pickle
Picnic
Pie
Pipe
Plate
Poach
Pony
Pork-pie
Porter
Pot
Provision
Rabbit
Raspberry
Roast
Sage
Salad
Scone
Seed-cake
Sheep
Sip
Skewer
Skin
Smoke
Smoke-ring
SnailSnail-covered
Sorrel
Spoon
Squirrel
Stew
Stomach
Store
Strawberry
Supper
Supper-time
Sweet
Table
Taste
Tea
Tea-time
Thirst
Thyme
Toast
Tobacco
Tobacco-jar
Tray
Twice-baked
Venison
Vessel
Water
Wine
Wine-barrel

First Pass for the Food Words!

Word Fans, I have done it!  All the way from “cellar” to “tobacco-jar“, I have scanned for all the food words, common and uncommon, and entered them into the concordance.  I’m certain to have missed some, and I am humbly ready to call this my First Pass.  Alert Readers who put me wise to food words I have missed will have a verse written in their honor in the style of the Tra-la-la-lalley Elves.

Let it be noted that I have already had a good argument with myself over “supplies”, and have decided that it’s not a food word.  It is used in “food-supplies”, which is counted separately, and in all other instances can indicate “bandages” as well as it stands for “food”.

Next I will make some lovely graphs of food words.  I’m interested in their frequency and location in the text; I also have an idea in the back of my mind to do a deeper analysis including a negative valence for those times that food words indicate a lack of food.

As I made this first pass, I also took the chance to improve my file of the text.  I’ve eliminated many of the phrase-breaks which left only one-word phrases, fussed with punctuation breaks, and started keeping an eye out for use or non-use of a marked subjunctive.

Goods

There are rather over a gross of instances of the word “good” in The Hobbit, but for now we will focus on just one form, “goods”.  OED tells us that “good” as

III. A particular thing that is good or beneficial.

is rare in the singular, and that the usual use is in the plural form with a plural verb – “goods are” – although with a singular verb, as a collective noun, is acceptable although rare – “goods is”.

In fact the entire entry for “Good” is absolutely fascinating and a long, long rabbit hole down which to fall.  Goods can be commodities, livestock, acts of piety, and in our case, food.

  • 07.068 Or were you carrying lots of goods?
  • 09.018 and other goods,
  • 09.019 and other goods came up the rivers,
  • 10.009 and others they would fill with goods
  • 14.025 and goods
  • 14.042 but great store of goods he sent ahead by water.
  • 15.050 The price of the goods

 

 

“good, adj., n., adv., and int.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2016. Web. 4 October 2016.

Bitter

The first time we encountered this word, it applied to a tactile sensation, not gustatory, so I skimmed right past it, but now – bitterness we can taste.  That’s a food word to me!

  • 04.002 It was getting bitter cold up here,
  • 12.020 in size but provided with a bitter sword
  • 12.070 that your success has made you some bitter enemies?’
  • 13.051 A bitter easterly breeze blew with a threat of oncoming winter.
  • 14.034 and bitter words were shouted from many sides;
  • 14.038 for the night was bitter
  • 17.050 and bitter.
  • 18.018 This is a bitter adventure,