Primitive elvish


root. *germinate, impregnate


  • ᴺS. gaew “pregnant”
  • ᴺS. gýda- “to impregnate, make pregant”
  • ᴺS. gŷl “fecund; conceiving, having conceived, just pregnant”
  • ᴺS. gŷth “germ, foetus, embryon”

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Early Primitive Elvish


root. *germinate, impregnate

A root in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s with various derivatives having to do with pregnancy, such as G. gaiw “pregnant” and G. gioth “germ, foetus, embryon” (GL/37, 39). It also seems to have been the basis for the root ᴱ√QIMI “✱woman” in the contemporaneous Qenya Lexicon (QL/77) via G(I)WIMI > GWIM > KWIM; see that root for details. As the basis for female words it was almost certainly abandoned, but I think it may be worth retaining this root for Neo-Sindarin words for pregancy, for which we have no other attested alternatives in Tolkien’s later published writings.


  • ᴱ✶gīwă
    • G. gaiw “pregnant” ✧ GL/37
  • Eq. kiw- “*to germinate, impregnate” ✧ GL/39
  • G. gwin “woman, female” ✧ GL/45
  • G. giothra- “to germinate, be conceived” ✧ GL/39
  • G. giol “fecund; conceiving, having conceived, just pregnant” ✧ GL/39
  • G. gioth “germ, foetus, embryon” ✧ GL/39


  • giu̯i ✧ GL/39; GL/45
  • giwi- ✧ GL/45
Early Primitive Elvish [GL/39; GL/45] Group: Eldamo. Published by