Noldorin 


verb. to beat, batter, flap (wings, etc.)

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verb. to flap, beat (wings etc.)

A verb in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “flap, beat” derived from the root ᴹ√PALAP (Ety/PALAP), where it seems the [[n|initial [pl] became [bl]]]. Here “beat” is probably limited to the beating of wings.

Conceptual Development: The verb G. basga- “flap” appeared in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s as an elaboration of G. bass “wing” (GL/22). It had a noun form G. bascovas “flapping and beating, especially of wings”.

Neo-Sindarin: Given S. plad “palm” < ✶palátā from the late 1960s, the sound change that produced N. blab- from ᴹ√PALAP may have been a feature of Noldorin but not Sindarin. Since we have only a couple of examples to work with, however, I’d retain the Noldorin form blab- for purposes of Neo-Sindarin until we get more information.


  • ᴹQ. palpa- “to beat, batter” ✧ Ety/PALAP


  • ᴹ√PALAP “*beat” ✧ Ety/PALAP

Element in

  • ᴺS. blabed “flapping, beating (especially of wings)”

Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√PALAP > plebi > blebi[palápi-] > [plapi-] > [plapi-] > [plebi-] > [blebi-]✧ Ety/PALAP
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verb. to beat (with a hammer, etc.)

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