N. _Dân_ pl. _Dein_, _Daðrin_ ... or *_Daðrim_?
- In the entry NDAN of the Etymologies (V:375) Tolkien gives Noldorin names
for the Green-elves or Danas : _D�n_ pl. _Dein_, _Da�rin_. The latter looks
very like the numerous class plurals in _-rim_, with a shift of n+ r > �r known
elsewhere, were it not for the final n. It looks very like an error, and I
would like to know if it comes from Tolkien's hand. I suppose so since there is
no correction in _VT_45 or 46, yet I would like to have confirmation.
[The form as Tolkien wrote it does indeed read _Da�rin_. CFH]
- On 20.09.2004, at 16:30, Bertrand Bellet wrote:
> In�the entry NDAN of the Etymologies (V:375) Tolkien givesWhich would make it a plural in _-in_. Cf. e.g. PE13:123 or _Conin
> Noldorin names for the Green-elves or Danas : _D�n_
> pl. _Dein_, _Da�rin_.
en Ann�n_ in LR:932, perhaps. Still, the 'intrusive' _r_ is remarkable.
Maybe it's a plural form peculiar to Danaic. It could then be an
augmentative plural marking. I.e. one originally in _-(V)r_ which had
_-in_ added. For the use of plurals in _-r_ in Early Noldorin, cf.
[I agree that instead of merely assuming that _Da�rin_ was a slip by
Tolkien for *_Da�rim_, we need to proceed on the assumption that
Tolkien wrote down precisely what he intended, and attempt to
explain the recorded form on that basis. David's theory above,
regardless of whether or not it proves to be the ultimate solution
to the puzzle, takes exactly the right approach. -- PHW]