666VT45 Errata ?
- May 9, 2004In VT45:14 (s.v. 3EL-) we read :
"*_Helwe_ name of Teler-lord, N _Elwe_, always recorded in Tel. and N
I think there is a typo here (else the editors would have noticed this
slip) and the correct reading should be :
"Q _Elwe_, always recorded in Tel. and N form _Elwe_"
(or, perhaps "N _Elwe_, always recorded in Tel. and Q form _Elwe_")
[The passage as given in VT45:14 is correct; in this instance there
was no slip by the editors, nor a slip by Tolkien. In the Etymologies,
bases beginning in 3- have Qenya derivates in _h-_: thus 3AN- 'male'
> Q _hanu_ 'a male', 3AR- 'have, hold' > Q _harya-_ 'possess', etc.In Noldorin initial 3- disappeared: thus 3AN- > N _anw_ 'a male',
3AR- > N _ardh_ 'realm'.
The point of the passage cited above s.v. 3EL- is that etymologically
the Qenya form of the name of the lord of the Teleri would have
been *_Helwe_, but the only name used in written records (apparently
even records written in Qenya) was the Telerin/Noldorin form _Elwe_.
The asterisk preceding *_Helwe_ does not indicate that it is a
primitive or early form, but rather that it is a form not recorded
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