A Doriathrin adjective for “pale” derived from primitive ᴹ✶lugni, a revision of the form luin that appeared in The Etymologies as published in The Lost Road (Ety/LUG², EtyAC/LUG²). The revision of [ui] >> [ū] probably reflects Tolkien’s vacillation on how primitive [[ilk|[g] vocalized before [m], [n]]] in Ilkorin. The earlier form of this word might an element in the name Draugluin “Werewolf” (LR/134), which in earlier writings was glossed “Werewolf Pale” (LB/205). The early Noldorin word ᴱN. lhui “pale” might be a precursor to it (PE13/149).
- luin → lūn “pale” ✧ EtyAC/LUG²
Development Stages Sources ᴹ✶lugni > luin [lugni] > [lugne] > [luine] > [luin] ✧ Ety/LUG² ᴹ✶lugni > lūn [lugni] > [lugne] > [lūne] > [lūn] ✧ Ety/LUG²
- luin ✧ Ety/LUG² (Dor. luin); EtyAC/LUY (Dor.
- lūn ✧ EtyAC/LUG² (Dor. lūn)