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adjective. *pregnant


adjective. pregnant

An adjective appearing as G. {gaib >>} gaiw “pregnant” in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s (GL/37), derived from primitive ᴱ✶gīwă with the Gnomish sound change of ī > ai (GG/14).

Neo-Sindarin: I would adapt this word as ᴺS. gaew “pregnant” representing the Sindarin sound change of ai > ae, derived from the Neo-Root ᴺ√GIW having to do with pregnancy. In Tolkien’s later conception of the languages, its primitive form would need to be ✱gaiwa, the result of a-fortification of the root: compare [N.] maew “gull” derived from the root ᴹ√MIW (Ety/MIW).


  • gaibgaiw ✧ GL/37


  • ᴱ✶gīwă ✧ GL/37
    • ᴱ√GIWI “*germinate, impregnate”

Element in

  • G. gaibra- “to impregnate” ✧ GL/37

Phonetic Developments

ᴱ✶gīwă > gaiw[gīwa] > [gaiwa] > [gaiw]✧ GL/37


  • gaib ✧ GL/37 (gaib); GL/39
Gnomish [GL/37; GL/39] Group: Eldamo. Published by