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231Re: Q. aorist (vs. past)

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  • Carl F. Hostetter
    Sep 8, 2002
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      This discussion concerned, among other things, the interpretation of
      Tolkien's pencilled markings above the form _úcarer_ in At. V
      (VT43:12), with the suggestion of Patrick Wynne in _VT_ that they were
      and indication of Tolkien's considering changing it to *_úcarir_ (the
      expected aorist form) being questioned, and other interpretations,
      including past-tense (i.e., *_úcárer_) and plural nominal forms.

      I would like to point out that Tolkien's contemporary Sindarin
      translation of the line in question employs the form _gerir_ (VT44:21),
      which certainly looks like an aorist verb, and does not look either
      like a Sindarin past-tense or a Sindarin plural noun.

      Carl
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