A root in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “large, great in size” with only two derivatives: the adjective ᴹQ. alta of the same meaning, and ᴹQ. Alataire “Great Sea” (Ety/ÁLAT), the Quenya equivalent (but not direct cognate) of S./N. Belegaer/Belegoer. The Quenya name appears nowhere else other than The Etymologies. There are quite a few words in Tolkien’s later writings that also mean “great, large”, but there is nothing that directly contradicts the continued validity of this root either.
root. large, great in size
- ᴹQ. alta “large, great in size” ✧ Ety/ÁLAT
- ᴹQ. Alataire “Great Sea” ✧ Ety/AY
- ÁLAT ✧ Ety/ÁLAT; Ety/AY