Carl F. Hostetter wrote:
> _Periandion_, gen. pl. of _Perian(d)_ *'Hobbit'
Is a Q _Perian(d)_ attested? Otherwise, might not the Q cognate
of S _perian_ seen here be *_periande_ (cf. Q _quende_, cognate
of S _pen_, HM XI pp. 361-2)?
[To the best of my knowledge, attested only here. And quite right: I
should have written _Perian(d)-_ (i.e., as a stem-form) instead.
Thanks for pointing this out! CFH]
> It appears that _meldenya_ *'my friend' was altered by Tolkien from
> _meldonya_, probably to make it a specifically feminine form.
In view of this, perhaps _Periandion_ is plural genitive of
*_periande_ meaning 'female hobbit'?