Hobbit Dictionary Definitions
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Beyond creating entire languages for elves and orcs, Tolkien was known for making up English words as well. As you read The Hobbit, you might find yourself confidently checking a dictionary for a definition only to find it not there, because with Tolkien’s knowledge of the fundamentals of language, his made-up words sound real.
Here are a few words (regular English and Tolkien-ese) that might make you search Google. Interestingly, several of the words were synonymous with confusion.
- completely puzzled or confused; perplexed.
- You won’t find this in a dictionary, but it is synonymous with “bewildered”.
- to bewilder; confound; confuse.
- to perplex; bewilder; confuse.
- Tolkien word synonymous with “confound”.
- bring excessive trouble upon.
- Yep — Tolkien-ized word. By adding the “be-” it takes the “bother” up a notch; the “be-” prefix in this context means “to affect completely or excessively”.
- extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless: an audacious explorer.
- extremely original; without restriction to prior ideas; highly inventive: an audacious vision of the city’s bright future.
- recklessly bold in defiance of convention, propriety, law, or the like; insolent; brazen.
- lively; unrestrained; uninhibited: an audacious interpretation of her role.
- a spider
- an ill-natured person
- a fool; a dunce; a noddy.
- to be shocked; rendered helpless with amazement or the like; astonished.
- Another Tolkien affected word. By adding the “-ment” to “stagger” he defines the state of being staggered.
which is your favourite Tolkien-word: bewuthered, confusticate, bebother, or staggerment?
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