394Re: Q. _Tarantar_ 'Trotter'
- Mar 31, 2003I have received an e-mail from Milan Rezac, who pointed out that
there is an explicit statement by Tolkien on the topic of nasal
infixion and agentives to be found in "Quendi and Eldar" (XI:317):
"An old derivative of _*aba-_ as a quasi-verbal stem was _*abaro_ >
CE _*abar_. This was an old agental formation, as seen also in
_Teler_, pl. _Teleri_, made with the suffix _-ro_, added to
_ómataina_. (Other forms of this suffix were _-rô_ added to
stem, with or without _n_-infixion; and _-rdo_ > _rd_.)"
I completely overlooked this statement when preparing my comments on
_Tarantar_, and my thanks to Milan for pointing it out. The fact that
agentive suffix _-rô_ was "added to stem, with or without
_n_-infixion" would seem to support the possibility of a stem *TARAT-
'to trot' > agentive _*tarantarô_ or _*tarantrô_ (cf.
_*kwentro_) > _Tarantar_ 'Trotter' (perhaps itself a shortening of
earlier _*Tarantaro_, with the final _-o_ dropped on analogy with
agentives such as _Avar_ 'recusant, one who refuses to act as advised
or commanded' (XI:371), _Teler_, _Envinyatar_ 'Renewer', etc.
-- Patrick H. Wynne
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