Hobbit Dictionary Definitions
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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