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waver
used in The Return of the King

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Definition
to move back and forth (shake or quiver)

or:

to change, be unsure, or weak
  • They had gone some miles, and the road was at last running down a long slope into the plain, when Frodo's strength began to give out and his will wavered.
    6.2 — Book 6 Chapter 2 — The Land of Shadow (95% in)
wavered = weakened
  • The Nazgul gave a long wailing cry and swerved away; and with that the four others wavered, and then rising in swift spirals they passed away eastward vanishing into the lowering cloud above; and down on the Pelennor it seemed for a while less dark.
    5.4 — Book 5 Chapter 4 — The Siege of Gondor (17% in)
  • It was even as the day thus began to turn against Gondor and their hope wavered that a new cry went up in the City, it being then midmorning, and a great wind blowing, and the rain flying north, and the sun shining.
    5.6 — Book 5 Chapter 6 — The Battle of the Pelennor Fields (70% in)
  • And for a moment, while all were silent and still, watching the Lord in his throes, he wavered.
    5.7 — Book 5 Chapter 7 — The Pyre of Denethor (43% in)
  • To waver is to fall.
    5.9 — Book 5 Chapter 9 — The Last Debate (81% in)
  • For a moment Sam caught a glitter in the black stones of their eyes, the very malice of which made him quail; but slowly he felt their will waver and crumble into fear.
    6.1 — Book 6 Chapter 1 — The Tower of Cirith Ungol (32% in)
  • For what it saw was not a small frightened hobbit trying to hold a steady sword: it saw a great silent shape, cloaked in a grey shadow, looming against the wavering light behind; in one hand it held a sword, the very light of which was a bitter pain, the other was clutched at its breast, but held concealed some nameless menace of power and doom.
    6.1 — Book 6 Chapter 1 — The Tower of Cirith Ungol (39% in)
  • Sam's hand wavered.
    6.3 — Book 6 Chapter 3 — Mount Doom (78% in)
  • From all his policies and webs of fear and treachery, from all his stratagems and wars his mind shook free; and throughout his realm a tremor ran, his slaves quailed, and his armies halted, and his captains suddenly steerless, bereft of will, wavered and despaired.
    6.3 — Book 6 Chapter 3 — Mount Doom (90% in)
  • And with that, even as his eyes were lifted up to gloat on his prize, he stepped too far, toppled, wavered for a moment on the brink, and then with a shriek he fell.
    6.3 — Book 6 Chapter 3 — Mount Doom (93% in)
  • The Power that drove them on and filled them with hate and fury was wavering, its will was removed from them; and now looking in the eyes of their enemies they saw a deadly light and were afraid.
    6.4 — Book 6 Chapter 4 — The Field of Cormallen (8% in)
  • Out from the beleaguered hills knights of Gondor, Riders of Rohan, Dunedain of the North, close-serried companies, drove against their wavering foes, piercing the press with the thrust of bitter spears.
    6.4 — Book 6 Chapter 4 — The Field of Cormallen (9% in)
  • Several hobbits fell, and the rest were wavering, when Merry and Pippin, who were on the east side, came across and charged the ruffians.
    6.8 — Book 6 Chapter 8 — The Scouring of the Shire (78% in)
  • For a moment it wavered, looking to the West; but out of the West came a cold wind, and it bent away, and with a sigh dissolved into nothing.
    6.8 — Book 6 Chapter 8 — The Scouring of the Shire (98% in)

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