But Sam was now sorrowful at heart, and it seemed to him that if the parting would be bitter, more grievous still would be the long road home alone.
For the companies were grievously reduced.
Then it seemed to Gimli and Legolas who were nearby that she wept, and in one so stern and proud that seemed the more grievous.
But Arod, the horse of Rohan, refused the way, and he stood sweating and trembling in a fear that was grievous to see.
He had said farewell to Eowyn above in the Hold, and the memory was grievous; but now he turned his mind to the road that lay ahead.
I have seen a sight upon the field that is very grievous to my heart, and greater sorrow may yet come to pass.
But Aragorn came to Eowyn, and he said: ’Here there is a grievous hurt and a heavy blow.
’That is grievous,’ she said.
’All are weary, and very many have wounds light or grievous,’ said Eomer, ’and we have suffered much loss of our horses, and that is ill to bear.
He has well repaid my trust; for if Elrond had not yielded to me, neither of you would have set out; and then far more grievous would the evils of this day have been.
Now at last they passed into the high circles of the City, and in the light of morning they went their way towards the Houses of Healing; and these were fair houses set apart, for the care of those who were grievously sick, but now they were prepared for the tending of men hurt in battle or dying.
Even so things might have gone far otherwise, if Gollum himself had remained unchanged; but whatever dreadful paths, lonely and hungry and waterless, he had trodden, driven by a devouring desire and a terrible fear, they had left grievous marks on him.