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Re: [Lambengolmor] Forgotten Words of Elvish: _Mornvenniath_

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  • "Beregond. Anders Stenström"
    ... Letter 347, paragraph 7: In S. initial _g_ was retained in composition, where a contact _n_ + _g_ occurred. So _born_ hot, red + _gil_ to _borñgil_;
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 25 4:49 PM
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      David Kiltz wrote:

      > Lastly, a word on _Mordor_ and _Morgul_. These two words, it is
      > sometimes argued, contain no lenition and thus defy the assumption
      > that _mori/a-_ and _morn-_ always lenite.

      Letter 347, paragraph 7: "In S. initial _g_ was retained in
      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_."

      Suilad,

      Beregond
    • Patrick H. Wynne
      ... At the end of this same letter (written in 1972), Tolkien provides another example of retention of initial D in composition when a contact N + D occurs. He
      Message 2 of 4 , Jul 26 5:13 AM
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        --- In lambengolmor@yahoogroups.com, "Beregond. Anders
        Stenström" <beregond@u...> wrote:

        > Letter 347, paragraph 7: "In S. initial _g_ was retained in
        > 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_."

        At the end of this same letter (written in 1972), Tolkien provides
        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
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