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It began long ago…

the-hobbit

Yesterday I was watching The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  I have to admit that I expected at least additional scenes for the DVD version, but anyway, for what it matters, the movie is fantastic.

The thing is, I thought it would be a good idea to write down some words or expressions that I could pick up from the movie, in order to have a list for future reference or just to add up a bit of vocabulary.  The list is not extensive nor does contain very specific or hard words or phrasal verbs, but as I wrote before, it might help to build up your vocabulary. One last thing, the meanings of the words are those from the context of the film.

  • Stronghold:A place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.
  • Line: It means ancestry, where you come from, your lineage.
  • Thrive: to prosper, to flourish.
  • Covet: To desire excessively to possess or have something (like Thorin’s grandfather, he coveted gold).
  • Plunder: Steal goods from someone. It also means booty.
  • Abduct: Take (someone) away illegally by force or deception; kidnap.
  • Decay: The state or process of rotting or decomposition (Do you remember when they entered the Trolls cave?).
  • Sap: The fluid that circulates inside the plants.
  • Chamomile: An aromatic European plant of the daisy family, with white and yellow daisylike flowers (Chamomile tea is what one of dwarfs offered Gandalf at Bilbo’s house).
  • Burglar:  A robber, thieve. (“If I say that he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is.” Don’t mess with Gandalf…)
  • Wipe out: To erase or destroy something (or someone) completely.
  • Draw near: To approach,  approximate.
  • Vanquish: To defeat completely.
  • Give up:  Taken someone as lost.
  • Take back: To recover. The dwarf were trying to recover Erebor form Smaug.
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