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"gems humed from rock"? Does it mean "gems produced cheerfully from rock"?

 
 
Reply Wed 24 Apr, 2013 08:59 pm

Context:

Its wealth lay in the earth, in precious gems humed from rock.
 
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 24 Apr, 2013 09:05 pm
@oristarA,
Are you sure you got the word "humed" right? It rings no bells.

Cheerfully is an odd word choice, in any case. Maybe in the case of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but I don't know if that much of our culture has invaded yours.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 24 Apr, 2013 09:14 pm
@roger,
It's a quote from The Hobbit, so we need a LOTR junkie to arrive with a decoder ring.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 24 Apr, 2013 09:56 pm
@ehBeth,
In that case, I would like to take this opportunity to retract my opinion on the word cheerfully.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 24 Apr, 2013 10:22 pm
@oristarA,
At a guess, it's a misspelling of exhumed.

At a second guess, he's making a pun on the word exhumed.
Setanta
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Reply Thu 25 Apr, 2013 01:18 am
It's not a quote from the book The Hobbit, it's a quote from the English subtitles to the motion picture The Hobbit--which is not the same thing at all. God only knows who are responsible for such subtitles.

HEWN, past participle of hew, meaning to chop or cut (something, esp. wood) with an ax, pick, or other tool.

Come on, folks, wake up.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Thu 25 Apr, 2013 07:25 am
@DrewDad,
DrewDad wrote:

At a guess, it's a misspelling of exhumed.

At a second guess, he's making a pun on the word exhumed.


Not likely:
exhume
v.
dig up for reburial or for medical investigation; of dead bodies
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