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- 'Do not speak of such things!' said Strider quickly, and with surprising earnestness.1.11 — Book 1 Chapter 11 — A Knife in the Dark (45% in)
- It is but a trifle that Sauron fancies, and an earnest of your good will.2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Council of Elrond (7% in)
- Have I not earnestly studied this matter?2.2 — Book 2 Chapter 2 — The Council of Elrond (37% in)
There are no more uses of "earnest" in The Fellowship of the Ring.
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