Re: [Lambengolmor] Forgotten Words of Elvish: _Mornvenniath_
- David Kiltz wrote:
> Lastly, a word on _Mordor_ and _Morgul_. These two words, it isLetter 347, paragraph 7: "In S. initial _g_ was retained in
> sometimes argued, contain no lenition and thus defy the assumption
> that _mori/a-_ and _morn-_ always lenite.
composition, where a contact _n_ + _g_ occurred. So _born_ 'hot,
red' + _gil_ to _borñgil_; _morn_ 'black' + _dor_ to _morñdor_;
the triconsonantal group then being reduced to _rg_, _rd_."
- --- In email@example.com, "Beregond. Anders
Stenström" <beregond@u...> wrote:
> Letter 347, paragraph 7: "In S. initial _g_ was retained inAt the end of this same letter (written in 1972), Tolkien provides
> composition, where a contact _n_ + _g_ occurred. So _born_
> 'hot, red' + _gil_ to _borñgil_; _morn_ 'black' + _dor_ to
> _morñdor_; the triconsonantal group then being reduced
> to _rg_, _rd_."
another example of retention of initial D in composition when
a contact N + D occurs. He notes that _Arnor_ should properly be
_Ardor_, though he wished to avoid the latter form (for obvious
reasons, _ardor_ in English meaning 'enthusiasm, passion'):
"But it can now only (though reasonably) be explained after
invention as due to a blending of Q. _arnanóre_ / _arnanor_
with S. _arn(a)dor_ > _ardor_" (L:428).
-- Patrick H. Wynne