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Re: Wolf eyes

Subject: Re: Wolf eyes
by garm on 2010/5/12 13:07:04

It is wanly - Tolkien knew a lot more about words than most of us; see Shippey's discussion of Treebeard's looking 'sad but not unhappy'. Once, 'Sad' meant 'settled, determined'.

Similarly, there's more than one way to look at 'wan' - see The Ring of Words p.25, fig. 9.

'Its original sense seems to have been 'dark in hue' with especially frequent application to things of gloomy unpleasant associations'.