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wither
used in The Return of the King

16 uses
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Definition to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
  • ...hope seemed to wither.
    5.1 -- Book 5 Chapter 1 -- Minas Tirith (75% in)
wither = become weaker
  • Many hopes will wither in this bitter Spring.
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- The Passing of the Grey Company (4% in)
  • On the threshold sat an old man, aged beyond guess of years; tall and kingly he had been, but now he was withered as an old stone.
    5.3 -- Book 5 Chapter 3 -- The Muster of Rohan (51% in)
  • And yet — when they had gone, the shadows closed on men again, and their hearts went cold, and the valour of Gondor withered into ash.
    5.4 -- Book 5 Chapter 4 -- The Siege of Gondor (78% in)
  • Softly they paced the great courtyard, and at a word from Denethor halted beside the Withered Tree.
    5.4 -- Book 5 Chapter 4 -- The Siege of Gondor (85% in)
  • And behold! there lay his weapon, but the blade was smoking like a dry branch that has been thrust in a fire; and as he watched it, it writhed and withered and was consumed.
    5.6 -- Book 5 Chapter 6 -- The Battle of the Pelennor Fields (53% in)
  • And it was said that ever after, if any man looked in that Stone, unless he had a great strength of will to turn it to other purpose, he saw only two aged hands withering in flame.
    5.7 -- Book 5 Chapter 7 -- The Pyre of Denethor (64% in)
  • It sloped up gently northward, and at its bottom went the bed of a now dry and withered stream.
    6.2 -- Book 6 Chapter 2 -- The Land of Shadow (24% in)
  • In the glens of the Morgai on the other side of the valley low scrubby trees lurked and clung, coarse grey grass-tussocks fought with the stones, and withered mosses crawled on them; and everywhere great writhing, tangled brambles sprawled.
    6.2 -- Book 6 Chapter 2 -- The Land of Shadow (33% in)
  • And into the heart of the storm, with a cry that pierced all other sounds, tearing the clouds asunder, the Nazgul came, shooting like flaming bolts, as caught in the fiery ruin of hill and sky they crackled, withered, and went out.
    6.3 -- Book 6 Chapter 3 -- Mount Doom (97% in)
  • And the Tree that was withered shall be renewed, and he shall plant it in the high places, and the City shall be blessed.
    6.5 -- Book 6 Chapter 5 -- The Steward and the King (36% in)
  • The Tree in the Court of the Fountain is still withered and barren.
    6.5 -- Book 6 Chapter 5 -- The Steward and the King (90% in)
  • But this is an ancient hallow, and ere the kings failed or the Tree withered in the court, a fruit must have been set here.
    6.5 -- Book 6 Chapter 5 -- The Steward and the King (93% in)
  • Then the withered tree was uprooted, but with reverence; and they did not burn it, but laid it to rest in the silence of Rath Danen.
    6.5 -- Book 6 Chapter 5 -- The Steward and the King (95% in)
  • He has withered altogether.
    6.6 -- Book 6 Chapter 6 -- Many Partings (73% in)
  • And if my blood stains the Shire, it shall wither and never again be healed.
    6.8 -- Book 6 Chapter 8 -- The Scouring of the Shire (92% in)

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