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  • Summer solstice of 2003, in the hot-spring-fed infinity pool at the Hotel Source des Alpes in Leukerbad, looking up at the Gemmiwand mountain-wall, the week after we turned in the first-draft screenplay for Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King.

    A case of the fours | Diane Duane's weblog: "Out of Ambit"

  • Under airs pure as æther, golden and ultramarine above and melting over the horizon into a diaphanous green which suggested a resection of Kaf, that unseen mountain-wall of emerald, the so-called Desert, changed face twice a year; now brown and dry as summer-dust; then green as Hope, beautified with infinite verdure and broad sheetings of rain-water.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Its eastern face stood up in three great tiers from a shelf in the mountain-wall far below; its back was to a great cliff behind, from which it jutted out in pointed bastions, one above the other, diminishing as they rose, with sheer sides of cunning masonry that looked north-east and south-east.

    The Lord of the Rings

  • Spanish Peaks, the Wawatoyas, ninety to the south, are sublime objects of which the eye never grows weary; while the Sierra Mojadas bank up the western horizon with a frowning mountain-wall.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVI., December, 1880.

  • So marvellous is the power of mere position, so great the difference between the two sides of the same mountain-wall!

    Russia As Seen and Described by Famous Writers

  • His eyes were wise and mild, and his forehead like a mountain-wall.

    Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)

  • Rounding the point where Hymettus thrusts his huge length into the sea, the long, featureless mountain-wall of Southern Attica suddenly breaks down, and gives place to a broad expanse of fertile, and well-cultivated soil, sloping gently back with ever-narrowing bounds until it reaches the foot-hills of lofty Pentelicus.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873

  • Tacubaya is a pleasant place on the ride of the first hills that begin to rise towards the mountain-wall of the valley.

    Anahuac : or, Mexico and the Mexicans, Ancient and Modern

  • It was like some frightful monster, or the fabled Kraken, working itself along by its claws, which were struck deep into the mountain-wall on either side of its line of progress, and casting its hideous shadow over hill and dale, forest and valley, clothing them in gloom and darkness.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 342, April, 1844

  • For the issuing of the stream they had contrived a small low arch under the new wall; but near the entrance they had so altered the narrow bed that a wide pool stretched from the mountain-wall to the head of the fall over which the stream went towards Dale.

    The Hobbit

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