a broil of fume he sends ahead of his host

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Agito a42

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Source: The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (2003), a fantasy movie.

A battle that will decide the fate of all of the Middle-Earth is about to begin between orcs of The Dark Lord Sauron and Men.
Pippin: A storm is coming.
Gandalf: This is not the weather of the world. This is a device of Sauron's making, a broil of fume he sends ahead of his host. The Orcs of Mordor have no love of daylight so he covers the face of the sun to ease their passage along the road to war.


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Could you tell me what a "broil of fume" is, please?

EDIT: the picture was uploaded.
 
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  • Chez

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    The Oxford dictionary says:

    noun. archaic. A quarrel or commotion. 'the dark interior was a broil of fighting men'.

    Tolkien liked to use archaisms. I think 'commotion' is the best definition here – I imagine a hot, swirling tornado of dark smoke/cloud that covers the sun.

    But that's just my personal interpretation.
     

    Agito a42

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    I'm sorry, The Newt, but the line you provided as an example doesn't make much sense to me.

    Say to the king the knowledge of the broil = Inform the king of the broil (=quarrel)?
     

    The Newt

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    I'm sorry, The Newt, but the line you provided as an example doesn't make much sense to me.

    Say to the king the knowledge of the broil = Inform the king of the broil (=quarrel)?
    Roughly, "give the king a verbal report of how the battle went / is going."
     
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