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Middle Primitive Elvish


root. swift, agile

A root in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “swift, agile”, with derivatives ᴹQ. tyelka and N. celeg of the same meaning (Ety/KYELEK). The latter was an element in the name N. Celegorn, and in The Shibboleth of Fëanor from the late 1960s Tolkien give his name as Q. Tyelcormo, (North) S. Celegorm “Hasty-riser”, with tyelca “hasty” indicating the continued validity of this root, albeit with a slightly different meaning (PM/353). However, in 1957 Notes on Names (NN), Tolkien gave his Quenya name as Q. Celec-ormë (PE17/112), but the meaning of the initial element isn’t clear, since in these notes it was adapted phonetically into Sindarin rather than translated.


  • kelekā “*hasty”
    • Q. tyelca “hasty, hasty; [ᴹQ.] agile, swift” ✧ VT41/10
    • S. celeg “*hasty, hasty; [N.] agile, swift” ✧ VT41/10
  • ᴹQ. tyelka “swift, agile” ✧ Ety/KYELEK
  • N. celeg “swift, agile” ✧ Ety/KYELEK

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root. swift

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