On 08.07.2004, at 17:00, Helios De Rosario Martinez wrote:
> In Etym. we also have instances of _l_ + _c_ > _lch_ (liquid
Oh yes, there is _lT_ > _lTh_ and _rT_ > _rTh_ (cf. _narcha-_ s.v.
> N _Gilthonieth_ or _Gilthoniel_ occurs (as cognate of Q
> _Tintánie_) 'star-maker' s.v. TAN-. It is next to _Certhan_ 'ship-
> builder', though this was later changed to _C(e)irdan_, that does
> show lenition.
Yes, I missed that. The entries under TAN- are a strong point. Yet,
Tolkien seems to have changed his mind in the process of writing. This,
then, may in fact be the most likely explanation: _Gilthoniel_ was
originally thought to be regular but later the conception changed.
Hence the different explanation advanced later.
[This would be entirely characteristic of Tolkien's methodology. CFH]
I think the conceptual change is best illustrated by _Certhan_ vs
_Ceirdan_. The first form would be the result of _cir_ + _tan_, whereas
the latter of _cirya_ + _tano_.
In the case of _Gilthoniel_ one might argue that Tolkien would keep the
phonetics (possibly because the name was so strongly embedded in the
Mythology) and rather find a different way to explain it (as seems to
have been the case with _Elbereth_).