The boles of the trees glowed with a soft green like young grass: early spring or a fleeting vision of it was about them.
A gleam of sun through fleeting clouds fell on his hands, which lay now upturned on his lap: they seemed to be filled with light as a cup is with water.
The night was barred with long clouds, fleeting on a chill wind, when they arose again.
’Peace!’ said Saruman, and for a fleeting moment his voice was less suave, and a light flickered in his eyes and was gone.
Above them was a dome of pale sky barred with fleeting smoke, but it seemed high and far away.
The fleeting moment had passed, beyond recall.
For a fleeting moment, could one of the sleepers have seen him, they would have thought that they beheld an old weary hobbit, shrunken by the years that had carried him far beyond his time, beyond friends and kin, and the fields and streams of youth, an old starved pitiable thing.