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Here are two examples of similies from Tolkien's The Hobbit:

Page 107, Chapter 6, "...probably have he came hurtling down like a thunderbolt."

Page 1, Chapter 1, "They used to go up like great lilies and snapdragons and laburnums of fire and hang in the twilight all evening."

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Easy as falling of a log

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A metaphor is a comparison made without using the words "like" or "as" in the comparison. Similes are comparisons that do use "like" or "as." "The Hobbit," much like the rest of Tolkien's writing, is full of such figurative language.

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Short shrift a quick rejection of an idea or a person, often without giving them the consideration they deserve


make mountains out of molehills

to exaggerate the importance of something; to make a minor, insignificant issue into something major.


split hairs

argue or worry about very small details or differences that are not important


jump to conclusions



not fully thought through; lacking a sound basis


eat your words

accept publicly that you were wrong about something you said


make hay while the sun shines

take advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself instead of waiting until it's too late


hang by a thread

depend on a small thing or be at risk


Killing time

Wasting time Tock says wasting time is bad but killing time is even worse

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the source of one of the most famous similes ever written, namely "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" but there are of course many more. The list below is unlikely to be complete as it only incorporates similes which use the word 'like' but threre are plenty to choose from:

  • The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way...

  • There are no mice in the air, I'm afraid, but you might catch a bat, and that's very like a mouse, you know.

  • There was not a moment to be lost: away went Alice like the wind...

  • Oh, how I wish I could shut up like a telescope!

  • ...she went back to the table, half hoping she might find another key on it, or at any rate a book of rules for shutting people up like telescopes...

  • 'What a curious feeling!' said Alice; 'I must be shutting up like a telescope.'

  • might end, you know,' said Alice to herself, 'in my going out altogether, like a candle.

  • And she tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.

  • I'm opening out like the largest telescope that ever was!

  • ...all I know is, something comes at me like a Jack-in the-box, and up I goes like a sky-rocket!

  • was very like having a game of play with a cart-horse...

  • ...all she could see, when she looked down, was an immense length of neck, which seemed to rise like a stalk out of a sea of green leaves that lay far below her.

  • ...her neck would bend about easily in any direction, like a serpent.

  • It was opened by another footman in livery, with a round face, and large eyes like a frog...

  • was a queer-shaped little creature, and held out its arms and legs in all directions, 'just like a star-fish,' thought Alice.

  • The poor little thing was snorting like a steam-engine when she caught it...

  • There could be no doubt that it had a very turn-up nose, much more like a snout than a real nose...

  • She had not gone much farther before she came in sight of the house of the March Hare: she thought it must be the right house, because the chimneys were shaped like ears and the roof was thatched with fur.

  • 'Why is a raven like a writing-desk?'

  • "Up above the world you fly,

    Like a tea-tray in the sky.

    Twinkle, twinkle-''

  • The Queen turned crimson with fury, and, after glaring at her for a moment like a wild beast, screamed 'Off with her head! Off-'

  • And the executioner went off like an arrow.

  • 'Oh, don't talk about trouble!' said the Duchess. 'I make you a present of everything I've said as yet.' 'A cheap sort of present!' thought Alice. 'I'm glad they don't give birthday presents like that!'

  • Alice looked up, and there stood the Queen in front of them, with her arms folded, frowning like a thunderstorm.

  • ...the two creatures, who had been jumping about like mad things all this time, sat down again very sadly and quietly...

  • You must have meant some mischief, or else you'd have signed your name like an honest man.

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An example would be from the second chapter:

The Whether Man : The Weather Man.

I believe it would be a pun.

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10y ago can compare and contrast , Milo in the Doldrums and Milo in the Dungeon..

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A part of speech where two words that are placed together are too different to be placed together. Like a giant shrimp, the word giant means big while a shrimp is a SMALL animal.

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