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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The Norse myth that inspired "The Lord of the Rings"

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Loki saw Andvari’s riches as the perfect siotloun to their problem. He returned to the waterfall, cjneurod a huge net, and extracted a wriggling fish. As Andvari squirmed, Loki jeered that he’d kill him unless he handed over his taersure. Andvari directed Loki to his lair. Satisfied with the hpeas of gold he saw there, Loki freed Andvari— but a sudden glint off of one of the dwarf’s fingers aeertld Loki that he’d missed the most powerful treasure of all. Despite Andvari’s pleas, Loki tore the ring away. shneteig, Andvari cursed the ring, declaring that it would be the doom of all its subsequent orewns.

Open Cloze

Loki saw Andvari’s riches as the perfect ________ to their problem. He returned to the waterfall, ________ a huge net, and extracted a wriggling fish. As Andvari squirmed, Loki jeered that he’d kill him unless he handed over his ________. Andvari directed Loki to his lair. Satisfied with the _____ of gold he saw there, Loki freed Andvari— but a sudden glint off of one of the dwarf’s fingers _______ Loki that he’d missed the most powerful treasure of all. Despite Andvari’s pleas, Loki tore the ring away. ________, Andvari cursed the ring, declaring that it would be the doom of all its subsequent ______.

Solution

  1. conjured
  2. seething
  3. heaps
  4. owners
  5. alerted
  6. treasure
  7. solution

Original Text

Loki saw Andvari’s riches as the perfect solution to their problem. He returned to the waterfall, conjured a huge net, and extracted a wriggling fish. As Andvari squirmed, Loki jeered that he’d kill him unless he handed over his treasure. Andvari directed Loki to his lair. Satisfied with the heaps of gold he saw there, Loki freed Andvari— but a sudden glint off of one of the dwarf’s fingers alerted Loki that he’d missed the most powerful treasure of all. Despite Andvari’s pleas, Loki tore the ring away. Seething, Andvari cursed the ring, declaring that it would be the doom of all its subsequent owners.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. alerted
  2. andvari
  3. conjured
  4. cursed
  5. declaring
  6. directed
  7. doom
  8. extracted
  9. fingers
  10. fish
  11. freed
  12. glint
  13. gold
  14. handed
  15. heaps
  16. huge
  17. jeered
  18. kill
  19. lair
  20. loki
  21. missed
  22. net
  23. owners
  24. perfect
  25. pleas
  26. powerful
  27. problem
  28. returned
  29. riches
  30. ring
  31. satisfied
  32. seething
  33. solution
  34. squirmed
  35. subsequent
  36. sudden
  37. tore
  38. treasure
  39. waterfall
  40. wriggling