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802Re: Forgotten Words of Elvish: _Mornvenniath_

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  • Patrick H. Wynne
    Jul 26, 2005
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      --- In lambengolmor@yahoogroups.com, "Beregond. Anders
      Stenström" <beregond@u...> wrote:

      > Letter 347, paragraph 7: "In S. initial _g_ was retained in
      > composition, where a contact _n_ + _g_ occurred. So _born_
      > 'hot, red' + _gil_ to _borñgil_; _morn_ 'black' + _dor_ to
      > _morñdor_; the triconsonantal group then being reduced
      > to _rg_, _rd_."

      At the end of this same letter (written in 1972), Tolkien provides
      another example of retention of initial D in composition when
      a contact N + D occurs. He notes that _Arnor_ should properly be
      _Ardor_, though he wished to avoid the latter form (for obvious
      reasons, _ardor_ in English meaning 'enthusiasm, passion'):

      "But it can now only (though reasonably) be explained after
      invention as due to a blending of Q. _arnanóre_ / _arnanor_
      with S. _arn(a)dor_ > _ardor_" (L:428).

      -- Patrick H. Wynne
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