Noldorin 


verb. to dwell, stay

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verb. to dwell, stay, to dwell, stay, [G.] settle

A verb in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “dwell, stay” and appearing in its (Noldorin) infinitive form dortho- under the root ᴹ√NDOR “dwell, stay, rest, abide” (Ety/NDOR).

Conceptual Development: The verb G. dortha- “to settle” also appeared in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s where Tolkien said it was both “tr. & intr.” (GL/30). In this document it appeared beneath G. dorn “seat”, and thus likely was a cognate of ᴱQ. sorto- “to set, settle” based on the early root ᴱ√ÐORO “sit” (QL/85).

Neo-Sindarin: In Tolkien’s later writings, √NDOR was glossed “land” rather than “settle”, but I think this verb might still be a valid verbal elaboration for the later meaning of the root, with an original sense “✱to take residence in a land”.



  • ᴹ√NDOR “dwell, stay, rest, abide” ✧ Ety/NDOR

Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√NDOR > dortho-[ndorta-] > [ndortʰa-] > [ndorθa-] > [dorθa-]✧ Ety/NDOR


  • dortho- ✧ Ety/NDOR
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