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The Fellowship of the Ring
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  • Once or twice the travellers heard the rush and whine of swan-wings, and looking up they saw a great phalanx streaming along the sky.
  • There were fountains of butterflies that flew glittering into the trees; there were pillars of coloured fires that rose and turned into eagles, or sailing ships, or a phalanx of flying swans; there was a red thunderstorm and a shower of yellow rain; there was a forest of silver spears that sprang suddenly into the air with a yell like an embattled army, and came down again into the Water with a hiss like a hundred hot snakes.

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as in: a phalanx of riot police Define
a group standing and moving together -- especially an ancient Greek military formation
in medicine Define
medicine: any of the bones of the fingers or toes
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