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Hobbit Vocabulary

I've recently re-read "The Hobbit" (it's one of my favorite books).
Every once in a while I came to a word that I did not know the meaning.

Here is my list of words from "The Hobbit" that I did not know:

Prosy
- Dull; commonplace - arousing no interest, attention, curiosity or excitement.

Porter
- A dark beer resembling light stout, made from malt browned or charred by drying at a high temperature.

Bewuthered
- Appears to be a word unique to "The Hobbit". It's context would suggest it is synonymous with "Bewildered".

Palpitating
- To pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter: His heart palpitated wildly.

Flummoxed
- Confused; Perplexed

Bracken
- Type of fern or an area overgrown with ferns and shrubs.

Eyrie
- The nest of a bird, such as an eagle, built on a cliff or other high place.


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Tuppence
- A very small amount.

Attercop
- A type of spider or a peevish, ill-natured person.

Tomnoddy
- A fool or a dunce.

Slowcoach
- Someone who moves slowly; a "slowpoke"

Turnkey
- A person who has charge of the keys of a prison; jailer.

Solemnities
- State or character of being solemn; earnestness; gravity; impressiveness: the solemnity of a state funeral.

Mattocks
- A digging tool with a flat blade set at right angles to the handle that can also be used as a weapon.


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One of the elements of Tolkien that set his writing apart from others is the archaic and poŽtic vocabulary he used, which gives his stories a much more aged and eloquent status.

Tolkien was infamous for creating "invented" words, (i.e., he formed new words from roots and other examples, something people do each day, but which many literati look down upon, for some reason). It wouldn't surprise me if "bewuther" was a Tolkien-original word, using the Anglo-Saxon tendency to add the prefix "be-" to intensify or change the meaning of a verb, (e.g., "dazzle" being intensified to "bedazzle," etc.).


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