Primitive elvish

el

root. lo, behold; star, lo, behold; star, [ᴹ√] starry sky

Tolkien introduced ᴹ√EL as the basis for Elvish star-words in The Etymologies of the 1930s at the same time as he devised a new etymology for the words for “Elf” as the “Star-Folk” using an extended form of this root ᴹ√ELED (Ety/EL, ELED). The extended root √ELED seems to have survived at least up until around 1950, where it appear among list of examples of roots for Elvish tribal names, with deleted variant √EDEL (PE18/84). But later on the extend form seems to have fallen away, at least as the basis for Elf-words, being replaced in the Quendi and Eldar essay from 1959-60 by the root √DEL “walk, go, proceed, travel” and its Quenya-only variant √LED.

In the Quendi and Eldar essay, the words for “Elf” were recontextualized as a blend of the senses “star” and “departure”, referring to Elves both as the people of the stars and the specific group of the Eldar as those Elves who left for Aman (WJ/362-3). In these same notes Tolkien said that ele originated first as an interjection meaning “lo!, behold!”, as uttered when the Elves first beheld the stars (WJ/360). In this sense, it might have been a partial restoration of a (hypothetical) early root ✱ᴱ√ELE used for various words of wonderment and “otherness” in the 1910s and 20s; see that entry for details.

Derivatives

  • ēl “star” ✧ WJ/360
    • Q. él “star” ✧ WJ/360
    • T. él “star” ✧ WJ/360
  • el-ā “lo!, look!, see!” ✧ WJ/360
    • Q. ela “behold!” ✧ WJ/360
    • S. elo “behold!” ✧ WJ/360
    • T. ela “behold!” ✧ WJ/360
  • eledā “star-folk, of the stars” ✧ Let/281
    • Q. Elda “Elf, (lit.) one of the Star-folk” ✧ Let/281; SA/êl; WJ/360; WJ/364; WJ/364
    • S. Eledh “Elf” ✧ Let/281; PE17/140
    • S. Ell “Elf” ✧ PE17/141; WJ/360
    • T. Ella “Elf” ✧ WJ/360
  • elen “star” ✧ Let/281; PE17/067; VT42/11; WJ/360
    • elenā “connected with or concerning the stars” ✧ PE17/139
    • Q. Elda “Elf, (lit.) one of the Star-folk” ✧ PE17/139; PE17/152
    • Q. elenya “adjective referring to the stars, *of the stars, stellar” ✧ WJ/360
    • S. Eledh “Elf” ✧ PE17/139; WJ/360
    • Q. elen “star” ✧ PE17/067; PE17/151; WJ/360
    • S. êl “star” ✧ PE17/067; PE17/139; PE22/150; WJ/360
    • T. elen “star” ✧ WJ/360
  • Q. él “star” ✧ PM/340
  • Q. elen “star” ✧ PE17/151; PM/340; RGEO/65; SA/êl
  • S. êl “star” ✧ Let/281; RGEO/65; SA/êl

Element in

  • ᴺ✶. ELEM “wonder, marvel”
  • ᴺ✶. ELEK “different, strange; other”
  • Elmō “Venus”
  • Q. Elwë ✧ PM/340

Variations

  • el- ✧ PM/340; VT42/11
  • ele ✧ SA/êl
  • ELE ✧ WJ/360
Primitive elvish [Let/281; PE17/067; PE17/151; PE17/152; PM/340; RGEO/65; SA/êl; VT42/11; WJ/360; WJ/362] Group: Eldamo. Published by

ēl

noun. star

Derivations

  • EL “lo, behold; star, lo, behold; star, [ᴹ√] starry sky” ✧ WJ/360

Derivatives

  • Q. él “star” ✧ WJ/360
  • T. él “star” ✧ WJ/360

Element in

  • eledā “star-folk, of the stars” ✧ WJ/360
  • elen-barathī “star-queen” ✧ PE17/066

Variations

  • el ✧ PE17/066
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elen

noun. star

Derivations

  • EL “lo, behold; star, lo, behold; star, [ᴹ√] starry sky” ✧ Let/281; PE17/067; VT42/11; WJ/360

Derivatives

  • elenā “connected with or concerning the stars” ✧ PE17/139
    • Q. Elda “Elf, (lit.) one of the Star-folk” ✧ PE17/139; PE17/152
    • Q. elenya “adjective referring to the stars, *of the stars, stellar” ✧ WJ/360
    • S. Eledh “Elf” ✧ PE17/139; WJ/360
  • Q. elen “star” ✧ PE17/067; PE17/151; WJ/360
  • S. êl “star” ✧ PE17/067; PE17/139; PE22/150; WJ/360
  • T. elen “star” ✧ WJ/360

Element in

  • elenā “connected with or concerning the stars” ✧ WJ/360
  • elen-barathī “star-queen” ✧ MR/387
  • Q. Elentári “Queen of the Stars, Star-queen” ✧ PE17/022
  • S. Elbereth “Queen of Stars, (lit.) Star-queen” ✧ PE17/022; PE17/023

Variations

  • ĕlĕn ✧ Let/281
  • ELEN ✧ PE17/022; PE17/139; PE17/152
  • el-en ✧ PE17/023
  • elen- ✧ VT42/11
Primitive elvish [Let/281; MR/387; MR/388; NM/060; PE17/022; PE17/023; PE17/067; PE17/139; PE17/151; PE17/152; PE22/150; VT42/11; WJ/360] Group: Eldamo. Published by

imin

masculine name. One

Element in

Primitive elvish [NM/055; NM/060; WJ/380; WJ/421; WJI/Imin] Group: Eldamo. Published by

min

cardinal. one

Derivations

  • MIN “one, first of a series, one, first of a series; [ᴹ√] stand alone, stick out”

Derivatives

  • Q. min “one, one, [ᴱQ.] one (in a series), the first”

Element in

Variations

  • Min ✧ NM/060
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