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Middle Primitive Elvish


root. *catch

An unglossed root in The Etymologies of the 1930s with derivatives like ᴹQ. atsa “claw, catch, hook” and N. gad- “catch” (Ety/GAT), so probably meaning something like “catch”. It is not clear whether this root remained valid in Tolkien’s later writing.


  • ᴺQ. at- “to catch, capture”
  • ᴹQ. atsa “claw, catch, hook” ✧ Ety/GAT
  • N. gad- “to catch” ✧ Ety/GAT
Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/GAT] Group: Eldamo. Published by