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- The Thain was the master of the Shire-moot, and captain of the Shire-muster and the Hobbitry-in-arms, but as muster and moot were only held in times of emergency, which no longer occurred, the Thainship had ceased to be more than a nominal dignity.Prologue (60% in)
nominal = in name, but not in reality
There are no more uses of "nominal" in The Fellowship of the Ring.
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