All went well that day, and no sight or sound had they of the enemy waiting to waylay them.
He died to save us, my kinsman Meriadoc and myself, waylaid in the woods by the soldiery of the Dark Lord; and though he fell and failed, my gratitude is none the less.
He had thought that this was some last trick of Saruman’s, to waylay the king while he had only a few men about him; but it seemed that there would be no need to die in Theoden’s defence, not yet at any rate.
But the main strength of the Rohirrim that remained horsed and able to fight, some three thousand under the command of Elfhelm, should waylay the West Road against the enemy that was in Anorien.
Thief indeed! What of our claim for waylaying, wounding, and orc-dragging us through Rohan?
’You’re Hobbiton-bred and ought to have more sense, coming a-waylaying Mr. Frodo and all.
For a strong force of Orcs and Easterlings attempted to take their leading companies in an ambush; and that was in the very place where Faramir had waylaid the men of Harad, and the road went in a deep cutting through an out-thrust of the eastward hills.
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I worried that the gang might be waiting outside to waylay me.
She waited near the exit to waylay him and learn more about the event.