667Re: VT45 Errata ?
- May 10, 2004Patrick Wynne wrote:
> [The passage as given in VT45:14 is correct; in this instanceIt is important to note that at least by the sixties, if we judge by
> 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_
"Notes on _Óre_", for example (VT41), Tolkien had already changed
his mind and reversed this change. Thus from 3OR- we have Q.
and T. _óre, ora, órea_ and other derivatives lacking initial consonant,
yet the cognate of Q. T. _óre_ is S. _gûr_. The change of initial 3-
to G- appears in Doriathrin (or Ilkorin?) of the thirties, according to
the Etymologies. Is this a case of Etym.-Doriathrin incorporated into
S. (as opposed to Noldorin)?
-- Jonathan Avidan
[This is an interesting point. The "Notes on _Óre_" date to c. 1968,
and the typescript text on VT41:11 does indeed state that Common
Eldarin 3OR- yielded Q _or-_, T. _or-_, and S. _gor-_. However, the
forms _óre, ora, órea_ cited by Jonathan are A) from a different
(albeit contemporary) set of notes; B) are in fact said to derive from
Common Eldarin root HOR (VT41:13); and C) are evidently Quenya, not
Quenya and Telerin. It is interesting that Tolkien gives _(h)ore_ as
one of the derivatives of HOR in the latter notes, showing that initlal
H- in the root was sometimes retained (dialectally, perhaps).
But Jonathan's basic point stands, that Tolkien clearly changed his mind
in his later writings about what the developments of original initial 3-
should be in the various descendant languages. He was also uncertain
whether this sound should be 3- or H- in the primitive tongue, as
shown by the variation between 3OR- and HOR- in the notes mentioned
above. In "Quendi and Eldar" (c. 1959-60) we can note the root
*HO 'away, from, from among' (XI:368), which is clearly a later conception
of 3O- 'from, away, from among, out of' in the Etymologies. In "Q&E"
this initial *H- was retained in Quenya and Telerin, but lost in Sindarin;
thus *HEK- > Q. _heka!_, T. _heca!_ 'be gone! stand aside', but S. _ego!_
'be off!' (XI:364-65). -- PHW]
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