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hew -- as in: hew with an axe
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  • In a fury he hewed at them with his sword,
  • Ever he clutched me, and ever I hewed him, till at last he fled into dark tunnels.
  • They had been hewn with many cruel strokes, and two had been beheaded.
  • Now they were drawing near, and it seemed certain that they would escape: they had already hewn down three Riders that barred their way.
  • Some of the trees they just cut down and leave to rot — orc-mischief that; but most are hewn up and carried off to feed the fires of Orthanc.
  • If we are not hewn down, or destroyed by fire or blast of sorcery, we could split Isengard into splinters and crack its walls into rubble.
  • It is the orc-work, the wanton hewingrarum — without even the bad excuse of feeding the fires, that has so angered us; and the treachery of a neighbour, who should have helped us.
  • They found a broad path, paved with hewn stones, now winding upward, now climbing in short flights of well-laid steps.
  • Up the green terrace went a stair of stone, high and broad, and on either side of the topmost step were stone-hewn sea, There sat other guards, with drawn swords laid upon their knees.
  • He hewed a two-handed stroke and laid the last Orc before his feet.
  • It is orc-necks I would hew, not shave the scalps of Men,’ said Gimli, patting the haft of his axe.
  • Though Isengard be ringed and barred with doors of stone; Though Isengard be strong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone, We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door; For bole and bough are burning now, the furnace roars — we go to war!
  • And they hewed Hama’s body before the gates of the Hornburg, after he was dead.
  • Though Isengard be strong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone, We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door!
  • Forty-two he hewed in the battle.
  • Till now I have hewn naught but wood since I left Moria.
  • Ere iron was found or tree was hewn, When young was mountain under moon; Ere ring was made, or wrought was woe, It walked the forests long ago.
  • No trees grew there; but among the rank grasses could still be seen the burned and axe-hewn stumps of ancient groves.
  • Here through the black rock a long tunnel had been hewn, closed at either end with mighty doors of iron.
  • The chamber was hewn out of the stone; and it must once have been dark, for its windows looked out only into the tunnel.
  • Up to the threshold of the door there mounted a flight of twenty-seven broad stairs, hewn by some unknown art of the same black stone.
  • Dismayed the rammers let fall the trees and turned to fight; but the wall of their shields was broken as by a lightning-stroke, and they were swept away, hewn down, or cast over the Rock into the stony stream below.
  • For a moment he caught a glimpse of swarthy men in red running down the slope some way off with green-clad warriors leaping after them, hewing them down as they fled.
  • She reached the hole, and squeezing down, leaving a trail of green-yellow slime, she slipped in, even as Sam hewed a last stroke at her dragging legs.
  • They stood on a wet floor of polished stone, the doorstep, as it were, of a rough-hewn gate of rock opening dark behind them.
  • His scarlet robes were tattered, his corslet of overlapping brazen plates was rent and hewn, his black plaits of hair braided with gold were drenched with blood.
  • Its head was gone, and in its place was set in mockery a round rough-hewn stone, rudely painted by savage hands in the likeness of a grinning face with one large red eye in the midst of its forehead.
  • Hold it up and watch!’ Then Frodo stepped up to the great grey net, and hewed it with a wide sweeping stroke, drawing the bitter edge swiftly across a ladder of close-strung cords, and at once springing away.
  • At their right, eastwards, the torrent fell, splashing over many terraces, and then, pouring down a steep race, it filled a smooth-hewn channel with a dark force of water flecked with foam, and curling and rushing almost at their feet it plunged sheer over the edge that yawned upon their left.
  • They had not come very far from the road, and yet even in so short a space they had seen scars of the old wars, and the newer wounds made by the Orcs and other foul servants of the Dark Lord: a pit of uncovered filth and refuse; trees hewn down wantonly and left to die, with evil runes or the fell sign of the Eye cut in rude strokes on their bark.

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