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 is a mini-concordance of the hyphenated words in the work as well as posts about hyphens, based on which we will explore some ideas about language and world-building.  We have 416 hyphenated words to consider.

Food Mini-Concordance

Here they are, all the food words in one post!  I’ve set this up now to catch all the posts about food as well.

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.


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.