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Middle Primitive Elvish


root. large, great in size

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.


  • ᴹQ. alta “large, great in size” ✧ Ety/ÁLAT

Element in

  • ᴹQ. Alataire “Great Sea” ✧ Ety/AY


  • ÁLAT ✧ Ety/ÁLAT; Ety/AY
Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/ÁLAT; Ety/AY] Group: Eldamo. Published by