The best known Sindarin word for “snake”, appearing in Appendix E of The Lord of the Rings (LotR/1115). In 1964 notes on Dalath Dirnen (DD), Tolkien said it was derived from the root √LEWEK “worm” (PE17/160), likely from ✱leukā where the ancient eu became ȳ as was usual in Sindarin (LotR/1115).
- Q. leuca “snake” ✧ LotR/1115; PE17/121; PE17/160
- √LEWEK “worm” ✧ PE17/160
Development Stages Sources √LEWEK > lýg [leukā] > [leuka] > [liuka] > [lȳka] > [lȳk] > [lȳg] ✧ PE17/160
- lýg ✧ PE17/160
_ n. Zoo. _snake. Q. leuka.
_ n. _snake.
noun. snake, serpent
1) lŷg (constuct lyg), no distinct pl. form. 2) lhûg (construct lhug, with article ?i thlûg or ?i lûg the lenition product of lh is uncertain) (dragon, serpent), pl. lhuig (?i luig). See SERPENT.