A term of contempt that Saruman used in the Shire to mock his servant Gríma. It seems to derive from 'Wormtongue', the name Gríma was given in Rohan because of his insidious control over the King there. Long afterwards in the Shire, Saruman's sneering became too much for Gríma to bear, and he cut the throat of his cruel master.
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