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used in The Return of the King

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showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
  • The old man's flat face and dark eyes showed nothing, but his voice was sullen with displeasure.
    5.5 -- Book 5 Chapter 5 -- The Ride of the Rohirrim (28% in)
  • The wind blew, and the trumpets sang, and arrows whined; but the sun now climbing towards the South was veiled in the reeks of Mordor, and through a threatening haze it gleamed, remote, a sullen red, as if it were the ending of the day, or the end maybe of all the world of light.
    5.10 -- Book 5 Chapter 10 -- The Black Gate Opens (88% in)
  • The vast vapours that arose in Mordor and went streaming westward passed low overhead, a great welter of cloud and smoke now lit again beneath with a sullen glow of red.
    6.1 -- Book 6 Chapter 1 -- The Tower of Cirith Ungol (6% in)
  • The stair was dark, but on the roof-top the glare of the Mountain could still be seen, though it was dying down now to a sullen red.
    6.1 -- Book 6 Chapter 1 -- The Tower of Cirith Ungol (95% in)
  • The sullen shrivelled leaves of a past year hung on them, grating and rattling in the sad airs, but their maggot-ridden buds were only just opening.
    6.2 -- Book 6 Chapter 2 -- The Land of Shadow (34% in)

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