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starofdunedain
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on: November 03, 2020 01:29
I don't remember what I thought on my last reading but I was wondering if this was a word error or just a way of phrasing that I don't understand?

"The ruins of what seemed a very war-tower lay upon his heaving back..."
Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit

It's on the last page of the chapter.

[Edited on 11/03/2020 by starofdunedain]
tarcolan
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on: November 03, 2020 08:25
In the same sense as "... as if the very whips of Sauron..."
Very has the same derivation as veritable, verify. It implies real, actual or true. Tolkien uses it a lot.... the very edge... my very life...
starofdunedain
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on: November 03, 2020 11:57
Thank you! I didn't think it was an error but I kept trying to re-read it in my head and couldn't make sense of it until you gave those examples.
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