REH Word of the Week: throng

noun

  1. a large group or crowding together of many people

[origin: before 12th century; Middle English thrang, throng, from Old English thrang, gethrang; akin to Old English thringan to press, crowd, Old High German dringan, Lithuanian trenkti to jolt ]

HOWARD’S USAGE:

Across the walls a shadow falls;
The dreary night drags on and on.
The horses stamp within their stalls.
I’ll ride no more to meet the dawn.

…..
My heartbeats fall, a striking maul.
Because my thews are hard and strong,
Within the hour I must fall
To meet the blood lust of the throng.

Along the halls a trumpet calls.
The red arena glimmers nigh.
Thor, let me mock these fools of Rome,
And show them how a Goth can die.

[from “The Cells of the Coliseum“; to read the complete poem see The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard, p. 530; A Rhyme of Salem Town, p. 68 and Robert E. Howard Selected Poems, p. 185]

Editors’ Note: The REH Word of the Week first appeared on The Cimmerian blog on July 25, 2007. It was started by Leo Grin and appeared sporadically until August of 2009 when Barbara Barrett took over and she posted a new word weekly. When The Cimmerian blog closed on June 11, 2010, the weekly feature moved to the REHupa website where it remained until today. The REHupa website is undergoing some major changes and there wasn’t a place for the Word of the Week there. Beginning today, it will appear weekly here on the TGR blog. The Word of the Week also appears on the Conan Forum in an expanded format.