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The Two Towers
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as in: cleave through Define
to split something -- especially with violent force or: to cut through something
  • Since Gandalf’s head is now sacred, let us find one that it is right to cleave!

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  • The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
  • He scrambled back as the giant’s spear cleaved the ground between his feet.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero

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  • The trail led them north along the top of the escarpment, and at length they came to a deep cleft carved in the rock by a stream that splashed noisily down.
  • Quickly they searched the bodies of the Orcs, gathering their swords and cloven helms and shields into a heap.

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  • At last they stood upon the summit, and looked down into a dark pit: the great cleft at the end of the mountains: Nan Curunar, the Valley of Saruman.
  • But Aragorn saw that he was pierced with many black-feathered arrows; his sword was still in his hand, but it was broken near the hilt; his horn cloven in two was at his side.
  • His cloven shield, his broken sword, they to the water brought.
  • His helm they set beside him, and across his lap they laid the cloven horn and the hilts and shards of his sword; beneath his feet they put the swords of his enemies.
  • Out of the forest the Entwash flowed to meet them, its stream now swift and narrow, and its banks deep-cloven.
  • Beside it was a great pile of helms and mail, cloven shields, and broken swords, bows and darts and other gear of war.
  • There was a flash as if lightning had cloven the roof.
  • ’I don’t know quite where we are,’ said Merry; ’but that peak is probably Methedras, and as far as I can remember the ring of Isengard lies in a fork or deep cleft at the end of the mountains.

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  • Maybe we shall cleave a road, or make such an end as will be worth a song-if any be left to sing of us hereafter.
  • But Saruman at any rate is in a cleft stick of his own cutting.
  • The cleft was longer and deeper than it seemed.
  • He came, a weary man with dinted helm and cloven shield.
  • And you can tell me nothing of the cleaving of the horn? ’
  • They had come to the end of a long cutting, deep, and sheer-sided in the middle, by which the road clove its way through a stony ridge.
  • And then’ — his voice sank even lower — ’a tunnel, a dark tunnel; and at last a little cleft, and a path high above the main pass.
  • It goes up to a high cleft and so down to — that which is beyond.
  • The Cleft, Cirith Ungol, was before him, a dim notch in the black ridge, and the horns of rock darkling in the sky on either side.
  • The tunnel was some way behind; the Cleft a couple of hundred yards ahead, or less.
  • He was coming to the top of the steps and was in the Cleft at last.
  • A noise of tramping feet and harsh shouts: Orcs were coming up to the Cleft from the far side, from some entry to the tower, perhaps.
  • The head of the orc-company appeared in the Cleft right before him.
  • One of their regiments is due by our reckoning to pass by, some time ere noon-up on the road above, where it passes through the cloven way.
  • The horn came, but it was cloven in two, as it were by axe or sword.
  • Against the sullen redness of the eastern sky a cleft was outlined in the topmost ridge, narrow, deep-cloven between two black shoulders; and on either shoulder was a horn of stone.
  • Against the sullen redness of the eastern sky a cleft was outlined in the topmost ridge, narrow, deep-cloven between two black shoulders; and on either shoulder was a horn of stone.
  • The path had veered away from the main pass in the great ravine, and it now followed its own perilous course at the bottom of a lesser cleft among the higher regions of the Ephel Duath.
  • ’What ought I to have done? ’ As the sheer sides of the Cleft closed about him, before he reached the actual summit, before he looked at last on the path descending into the Nameless Land.
  • Presently Frodo was aware of a small dark thing on the near bank, but even as he looked at it, it dived and vanished just beyond the boil and bubble of the fall, cleaving the black water as neatly as an arrow or an edgewise stone.
  • He led them through thickets and wastes of brambles; sometimes round the lip of a deep cleft or dark pit, sometimes down into black bush-shrouded hollows and out again; but if ever they went a little downward, always the further slope was longer and steeper.
  • Then they turned aside again, to the right, and came quickly to a small river in a narrow gorge: it was the same stream that trickled far above out of the round pool, now grown to a swift torrent, leaping down over many stones in a deep-cloven bed, overhung with ilex and dark box-woods.
  • So King Theoden rode from Helm’s Gate and clove his path to the great Dike.

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as in: cleave through Define
to split something -- especially with violent force or: to cut through something
as in: cleave to Define
to hold firmly to something -- such as an object, a person or idea
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