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used in The Return of the King

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to stop someone (without their forewarning) to attack them or to talk
  • All went well that day, and no sight or sound had they of the enemy waiting to waylay them.
    5.5 — Book 5 Chapter 5 — The Ride of the Rohirrim (43% in)
  • He died to save us, my kinsman Meriadoc and myself, waylaid in the woods by the soldiery of the Dark Lord; and though he fell and failed, my gratitude is none the less.
    5.1 — Book 5 Chapter 1 — Minas Tirith (34% in)
  • He had thought that this was some last trick of Saruman's, to waylay the king while he had only a few men about him; but it seemed that there would be no need to die in Theoden's defence, not yet at any rate.
    5.2 — Book 5 Chapter 2 — The Passing of the Grey Company (10% in)
  • But the main strength of the Rohirrim that remained horsed and able to fight, some three thousand under the command of Elfhelm, should waylay the West Road against the enemy that was in Anorien.
    5.9 — Book 5 Chapter 9 — The Last Debate (95% in)
  • For a strong force of Orcs and Easterlings attempted to take their leading companies in an ambush; and that was in the very place where Faramir had waylaid the men of Harad, and the road went in a deep cutting through an out-thrust of the eastward hills.
    5.10 — Book 5 Chapter 10 — The Black Gate Opens (28% in)
  • What of our claim for waylaying, wounding, and orc-dragging us through Rohan?
    6.6 — Book 6 Chapter 6 — Many Partings (72% in)
  • 'You're Hobbiton-bred and ought to have more sense, coming a-waylaying Mr. Frodo and all.
    6.8 — Book 6 Chapter 8 — The Scouring of the Shire (17% in)

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