951Re: Lamb, Shepherd etc
- Apr 6, 2003Thomas Ferencz wrote:
> --- "Patrick H. Wynne" <pwynne@g...> wrote:Indeed it does -- though in English, 'ewe' is pronounced like the 2nd
> > Tom Killingbeck wrote:
> > > Hantanye an hirin "Mavar", nan laa "lamb". Noali?
> > The Qenya Lexicon (QL) gives Q. _eule_ 'lamb' from a
> > root EWE of
> > unspecified meaning. This same entry gives an
> > untranslated form
> > _eulitse_, which might be a diminutive, *'little
> > lamb'.
> It is nteresting that 'ewe' means female sheep in
> English, right?
person pronoun 'you' (a dialectal pronunciation [yô] also occurs).
In QL, Tolkien perhaps meant to imply that the root EWE was the
ultimate source of Indo-European _*owi-_ 'sheep', whence Latin _ovis_
'sheep' and Eng. _ewe_ 'female sheep' (< Gmc. _*awi-). In
Indo-European, variation occurred between the vowels _e_ and _o_ in
roots ("ablaut"), for example the root _*ped-(1)_ 'foot' > Latin
_ped-_ but Greek _pod-_. So a root EWE in the hands of Indo-European
speakers might have become _*owe-_, > _*owi-_. This is utterly
hypothetical and ultimately unprovable, of course.
-- Patrick H. Wynne
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