825Re: _Isilme_ & _Vardilme_
- Oct 5, 2005I wrote, in commenting on David Giraudeau's query:
> However, I think it more likely that _-me_ in _Vardilme_ is insteadI should also have noted that a clear example of this feminine
> the feminine equivalent of agentive _-mo_, seen in such names as
> _Ulmo_ 'The Pourer, The Rainer' (S:352) and _Irmo_ 'Desirer'
> (S:336). Also cp. (masc.) _nilmo_ 'friend' < (N)DIL- in the
agentive _-me_ appears in the _Etymologies_ s.v. SER- 'love, be
fond of (of liking, friendship)': _serme_ 'friend', feminine form
of masc. _sermo_.
Moreover, if we are to consider it a secondary possibility that
_Vardilme_ might end instead in the abstract ending _-me_
(the ending _-dilme_ perhaps being a form of Q. _nilme_
'friendship'), then we should also consider the secondary
possibility that _Isilme_ might end in fem. _-me_, i.e., _Isilme_
= 'Moon Woman' (Q. _Isil_ 'Moon').
This having been said, application of Occam's Razor suggests
that _Isilme_ is probably 'Moonlight' and _Vardilme_ probably
means *'Devoted to Varda'.
-- Patrick H. Wynne
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