Robin (solri) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Hot as a glede

Here's another Tolkien-inspired question for you. In his account of his taking of the Ring from Sauron, Isildur writes "It was hot when I first took it, hot as a glede, and my hand was scorched, so that I doubt if ever again I shall be free of the pain of it." Now by "hot as a glede" he obviously means something like "hot as a Balrog's arse," (as opposed to "hot as Lúthien Tinúviel") but what exactly is this glede? According to the OED, it's a Scottish and Northern English word for a kite (as in the bird), but I'd never thought of kites as particularly hot.

(Cross-posted to my own LJ)
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