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Patterns in The Lord of the Ring

Jul 22, 2019 | 3 minutes read
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Let’s find the repeated phrases in The Lord of the Ring series. Here’s the plain text of Lord of the Ring series.

These are short length phrases that tell me what is the topic of the story, a history in the past.

#       the repeated phrase
1031    Frodo
115     ' said Gandalf
67      There was a
67      there was a

These are medium length phrases that strike my interests. The phrase show a style of story telling.

#   the repeated phrase
10	the other side of the
6	'What do you mean? '
5	Well, here we are
5	There was no sign of
4	But, of course,
4	He knows that it is
4	I will do what I can
4	One Ring to rule them all
4	it seemed to him that he
5	If you want to know,
4	, if you take my meaning.
3	. ' There was a long silence
3	. At that moment there was a
3	he said, shaking his head.
2	'What is it? ' he whispered
5	' he said in a low voice.
2	, if you know what I mean.
2	, if you take my meaning. '
2	It commands a wide view all round
2	The sound of hoofs drew nearer.
2	I have never heard of him before. '
2	I will tell you what I know, and
2	have made up my mind, 'he said
2	save moonlight and starlight and the wind off the hill-top.
2	Tom has his house to mind, and Goldberry is waiting
2	Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow.
3	One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the
2	Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.

Four times this phrase is repeated, “One Ring to rule them all”. And this longer phrase is repeated twice, “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the…”

Each of these long phrase are repeated twice:

The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. 
Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with
Ho! Tom Bombadil, Tom Bombadillo! By water, wood and hill, by the reed and willow, 
By fire, sun and moon, harken now and hear us! 
Come, Tom Bombadil, for our need is near us!
All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; 
The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. 
From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; 
Renewed shall be blade that was broken

To me that last phrase is a gem. It is fit to commit to memory. I wonder if anyone, other than me, will find this repeat analysis of English text will be of interest.

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