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    Express train?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fellowship of the Ring. A long expected party
    The lights went out. A great smoke went up. It shaped itself like a mountain seen in the distance, and began to glow at the summit. It spouted green and scarlet flames. Out flew a red-golden dragon — not life-size, but terribly life-like: fire came from his jaws, his eyes glared down; there was a roar, and he whizzed three times over the heads of the crowd. They all ducked, and many fell flat on their faces. The dragon passed like an express train, turned a somersault, and burst over Bywater with a deafening explosion.?
    express train. so... what did Tolkien mean with this? So far as I am concerned, express trains were quite an uncommon feature in Middle-Earth. Did Tolkien change an other word describing the fireworks , from the original red book written by one of the hobbits or... Do any of you have any thoughts on Tolkiens (in my opinion) puzzling choosing of word to this passage?
    I've been thinking about this some time and can't figure it out.
    Last edited by EddieMuerto; Jan 15 2014 at 10:25 AM.



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