- His knowledge was deep, his thought was subtle, and his hands marvellously skilled; and he had a power over the minds of others.3.9 — Book 3 Chapter 9 — Flotsam and Jetsam (48% in)
- But Saruman had slowly shaped it to his shifting purposes, and made it better. as he thought, being deceived-for all those arts and subtle devices, for which he forsook his former wisdom, and which fondly he imagined were his own. came but from Mordor; so that what he made was naught, only a little copy, a child's model or a slave's flattery, of that vast fortress. armoury, prison, furnace of great power, Barad-dur, the Dark Tower, which suffered no rival, and laughed at flattery,...3.8 — Book 3 Chapter 8 — The Road to Isengard (77% in)
- Now, Pippin my lad, don't forget Gildor's saying — the one Sam used to quote:_ Do not meddle in the at Fairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger_.'3.11 — Book 3 Chapter 11 — The Palantir (22% in)
There are no more uses of "subtle" in The Two Towers.
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