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however
used in The Return of the King

2 meanings, 8 uses
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1  —2 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Definition
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on "idea 1" we might not expect "idea 2", but this is a way of saying that even though "idea 1" exists, we still have "idea 2."  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • Frodo, however, was silent and looked rather sad and thoughtful.
    6.8 -- Book 6 Chapter 8 -- The Scouring of the Shire (23% in)
  • Frodo and Sam, however, went back to ordinary attire, except that when there was need they both wore long grey cloaks, finely woven and clasped at the throat with beautiful brooches; and Mr. Frodo wore always a white jewel on a chain that he often would finger.
    6.9 -- Book 6 Chapter 9 -- The Grey Havens (45% in)

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2  —2 uses as in:
However you do it, get it done!
Definition
in whatever way
  • But however that may be, my lord Faramir is abroad, beyond the River on some perilous errand, and he may have sent tidings.
    5.1 -- Book 5 Chapter 1 -- Minas Tirith (72% in)
  • However that may be, the Captain of Despair does not press forward, yet.
    5.4 -- Book 5 Chapter 4 -- The Siege of Gondor (55% in)

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exact meaning not specified
  • But however grim they, might be, they seemed to have no leader among them who understood warfare.
    6.8 -- Book 6 Chapter 8 -- The Scouring of the Shire (75% in)
  • For I have not ridden hither from Isengard, one hundred and fifty leagues, with the speed of wind, only to bring you one small warrior, however courteous.
    5.1 -- Book 5 Chapter 1 -- Minas Tirith (39% in)
  • Yet the Lord of Gondor is not to be made the tool of other men's purposes, however worthy.
    5.1 -- Book 5 Chapter 1 -- Minas Tirith (44% in)
  • He was however spared the ordeal for the present.
    5.4 -- Book 5 Chapter 4 -- The Siege of Gondor (4% in)

There are no more uses of "however" in The Return of the King.

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