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The Return of the King
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The Return of the King
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  • ...hope seemed to wither.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Many hopes will wither in this bitter Spring.
  • Softly they paced the great courtyard, and at a word from Denethor halted beside the Withered Tree.
  • 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.
  • It sloped up gently northward, and at its bottom went the bed of a now dry and withered stream.
  • 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.
  • And if my blood stains the Shire, it shall wither and never again be healed.
  • 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.
  • And the Tree that was withered shall be renewed, and he shall plant it in the high places, and the City shall be blessed.
  • The Tree in the Court of the Fountain is still withered and barren.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • He has withered altogether.
  • 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.

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  • The grapes withered on the vine.
  • Her confidence withered under the criticism.

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