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somber
used in The Return of the King

6 uses
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Definition
serious and without cheer — perhaps even gloomy

or:

lacking brightness or color
  • Less sombre is their gear than the others', and they are fair and gallant as Elven-lords; and that is not to be wondered at in the sons of Elrond of Rivendell.'
    5.2 -- Book 5 Chapter 2 -- The Passing of the Grey Company (19% in)
  • The Firienfeld men called it, a green mountain-field of grass and heath, high above the deep-delved courses of the Snowbourn, laid upon the lap of the great mountains behind: the Starkhorn southwards, and northwards the saw-toothed mass of Irensaga, between which there faced the riders, the grim black wall of the Dwimorberg, the Haunted Mountain rising out of steep slopes of sombre pines.
    5.3 -- Book 5 Chapter 3 -- The Muster of Rohan (29% in)
  • Overhead there hung a heavy roof, sombre and featureless, and light seemed rather to be failing than growing.
    5.3 -- Book 5 Chapter 3 -- The Muster of Rohan (72% in)
  • Now he was one small soldier in a city preparing for a great assault, clad in the proud but sombre manner of the Tower of Guard.
    5.4 -- Book 5 Chapter 4 -- The Siege of Gondor (9% in)
  • The plain was dark with their marching companies, and as far as eyes could strain in the mirk there sprouted, like a foul fungus-growth, all about the beleaguered city great camps of tents, black or sombre red.
    5.4 -- Book 5 Chapter 4 -- The Siege of Gondor (68% in)
  • A few miles to the north-east the foothills of the Ashen Mountains stood like sombre grey ghosts, behind which the misty northern heights rose like a line of distant cloud hardly darker than the lowering sky.
    6.3 -- Book 6 Chapter 3 -- Mount Doom (4% in)

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