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assail
used in The Return of the King

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Definition attack physically or verbally
  • Lone men, riding wild, brought word of foes assailing their east-borders, of orc-hosts marching in the Wold of Rohan.
    5.3 -- Book 5 Chapter 3 -- The Muster of Rohan (99% in)
  • Nothing assailed the company nor withstood their passage, and yet steadily fear grew on the Dwarf as he went on: most of all because he knew now that there could be no turning back; all the paths behind were thronged by an unseen host that followed in the dark.
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- The Passing of the Grey Company (80% in)
  • It was the face of one who has been assailed by a great fear or anguish, but has mastered it and now is quiet.
    5.4 -- Book 5 Chapter 4 -- The Siege of Gondor (20% in)
  • That he cannot do, in force to assail the City, either north of Cair Andros because of the marshes, or southwards towards Lebennin because of the breadth of the River, that needs many boats.
    5.4 -- Book 5 Chapter 4 -- The Siege of Gondor (44% in)
  • As I read it, they found the enemy already on the out-wall, or assailing it, when they returned — and that would be two nights ago, if they used fresh horses from the posts, as is their wont.
    5.5 -- Book 5 Chapter 5 -- The Ride of the Rohirrim (66% in)
  • The axes hewed Forlong as he fought alone and unhorsed; and both Duilin of Morthond and his brother were trampled to death when they assailed the mumakil, leading their bowmen close to shoot at the eyes of the monsters.
    5.6 -- Book 5 Chapter 6 -- The Battle of the Pelennor Fields (94% in)
  • But soon Aragorn arose, saying: "Lo! already Minas Tirith is assailed.
    5.9 -- Book 5 Chapter 9 -- The Last Debate (30% in)
  • Why should he think it not vain to assail us, if we have it?
    5.9 -- Book 5 Chapter 9 -- The Last Debate (72% in)
  • 'Surely,' he cried, 'this is the greatest jest in all the history of Gondor: that we should ride with seven thousands, scarce as many as the vanguard of its army in the days of its power, to assail the mountains and the impenetrable gate of the Black Land!
    5.9 -- Book 5 Chapter 9 -- The Last Debate (97% in)
  • Now in their debate some had counselled that Minas Morgul should first be assailed, and if they might take it, it should be utterly destroyed.
    5.10 -- Book 5 Chapter 10 -- The Black Gate Opens (17% in)
  • 'I am a herald and ambassador, and may not be assailed!' he cried.
    5.10 -- Book 5 Chapter 10 -- The Black Gate Opens (59% in)
  • The rabble of Gondor and its deluded allies shall withdraw at once beyond the Anduin, first taking oaths never again to assail Sauron the Great in arms, open or secret.
    5.10 -- Book 5 Chapter 10 -- The Black Gate Opens (72% in)

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