- Jul 11, 2002In Message #97, Jerome / "Erestel" queries a passage in "Of the Laws and
Customs among the Eldar" (X:216) that states: "With such changes of 'mind-
mood' or _inwisti_ their _lámatyáver_ might also change." Jerome says of
the word _inwisti_:
> I can see two hypothesis :The evidence supports hypothesis 1), actually. Here is what Carl F.
> 1) _inwisti_ refers to 'mind-mood'
> 2) _inwisti_ refers to the *changes* of 'mind-mood'
> _inwisti_ seems to be in the plural, and I don't see any element in
> this word which is related to mind or mood as far as I know. So I
> would tend to 2) But it is not evident to me.
Hostetter and I wrote regarding _inwisti_ in "_Morgoth's Ring_: A
Linguistic Review -- Part I" (VT34:19-20):
"_inwisti_ -- 'mind-mood', in _Laws and Customs_ a term describing one's
tastes and interests, which might change over the course of time (216).
The first element appears as a separate word _inno_ 'mind' [> _indo_] in
this same passage. In an earlier draft the form is _inwaldi_, with 'mind'
given as _ín_, _indo_ (229-30 n.16). The origin of the elements _-wisti_,
_-waldi_ 'mood' in these forms is unclear, unless we are to assume some
connection with _vista_ 'air as substance' (LR:399 s.v. WIS-) and _vald-_
'blessedness, happiness' (< VALA; LT1:272). See also _indo_ 'mind'."
By the way, I don't find the etymological connections for _-wisti_,
_-waldi_ that Carl and I tentatively proposed in this entry to be
particularly compelling, though at the moment I'm at a loss to think of
any better alternatives. Perhaps someone else has some suggestions?
-- Patrick Wynne
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