The sides of the hill the Gnomes polished to the smoothness of dark glass, and its top they levelled for the building of their town, save amidmost
where stood the tower and palace of the king.
In the longest section of the book, "Word Studies," the authors examine the origins and application of many of the terms Tolkien employed in the history of Middle-earth in alphabetical order from "amidmost
" to "wraith." The most extensive entry covers "hobbit." They also give substantial attention, for instance, to "arkenstone," a term Tolkien revived from the OE "eorclanstan," or precious stone, and note that in names such as St.