Re: [Lambengolmor] inwisti
- Erestel wrote:
> "With such changes of 'mind-mood' or inwisti their lámatyáver mightThis argument has some force, yet 1) seems to me the natural
> also change." [Laws & Customs - Of Naming]
> I can see two hypothesis :
> 1) _inwisti_ refers to 'mind-mood'
> 2) _inwisti_ refers to the *changes* of 'mind-mood'
> _inwisti_ seems to be in the plural, . . . So I
> would tend to 2)
way to read the sentence. I therefore suppose the plurality (if
such it is) of _inwisti_ is a constructio ad sensum, due to the several
moods implied by the occurrence of changes.
As for the etymology of *_inwiste_, my simple guess is
*_inwe_ + *_iste_, where *_inwe_ would be a relative to _indo_
'mind', and *_iste_ the formal and semantic equivalent to Gnomish
_ist_ "feeling, sensation. -- notion" (GL (in PE XI)).
- Surprisingly, there's still another interpretation:
Root ING- + abstract suffix _we_ + root IS-, "first/foremost
I'm aware I have to supply quite some evidence for my strange
1. _Inwe_ is a variant of the name _Ingwe_, the first high-king of
the Eldalie (LR, Index "Inwe" and "Ingwe"). There is at least one
other similar derivation, _Inwir_, the house of Ingwe in Lost Tales.
2. The root IS- showed up as _ist-_ in all known derivations (Etym,
I see one problem: the glosses "knowledge" and "(mind-)mood" seem to
be incompatible. But that may be just us: "knowledge" needs not to be
restricted to rationality in other cultures, or in Tolkien's
understanding, and the fact that he used the same element _ist_
for "feeling, sensation" in Gnomish (cf. Beregond's message 105)
could be a third evidence in favor of my hypothesis.