1876Re: Quetta Quenyo rá "betrayal"?
- Aug 1, 2006--- In email@example.com, Christopher Köbel <fora@...> wrote:
> (I couldn't find "betrayal" or "treason" - didn't I see it or don'tSo far as I know, there is no attested Quenya word for 'betrayal' or 'treason'.
> these words exist?)
However, the _Etymologies_ gives a base WAR- 'give way, yield, not endure,
let down, betray' with a variety of Old Noldorin and Exilic Noldorin derivatives,
including ON _warie_ 'betray, cheat', EN _gwerio_ 'betray', and EN _gwarth_
'betrayer' (V:397). This last word appears in the name _Ulwarth_, which must
mean *'horrible betrayer' (the first element is from ÚLGU, a variant of ÚLUG-
*'hideous, horrible'; V:396).
The Etymologies entry for WAR- implies (but does not flatly state) that this
root was not used in Quenya. For neo-Quenya purposes, one could, I
suppose, nonetheless press it into service and coin an abstract noun such
as *_varme_, *_varie_, *_varale_, etc. (= 'betrayal').
-- Patrick H. Wynne
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