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Middle Primitive Elvish


root. play (on stringed instrument)

This root is attested only in The Etymologies (Ety/ÑGAN), where it was glossed “play (on stringed instrument)” and was the basis of various words, mostly from its extend form √ÑGANAD. Neither it or any of its derivatives appear in later writings. The later Quenya words Q. tanta- “to harp” and tant(il)a “harp” (VT41/10) might indicate its replacement by another root (?√TANAT or ?√KYANAT), but none of the derivatives of √ÑGAN(AD) were given new meanings, so perhaps this root remained valid.

Conceptual Development: The Early Qenya root ᴱ√KᴬNTᴬN is probably the precursor of ᴹ√ÑGAN(AD). The strongest indication of this was the shift of the ᴱQ. vorokantele “monotonous repetition” in the Qenya Lexicon (QL/45) to ᴹQ. vorongandele “continual repetition (harping on one tune)” in The Etymologies (Ety/ÑGAN).

ᴱQ. kantl “large harp” (< ᴱ√KᴬNTᴬN) might have developed conceptually into the later Q. tant(il)a “harp”, which might be an indirect derivative of an unattested root KYANAT (<< ᴱ√KᴬNTᴬN) via Telerin in the same way that Q. telpë “silver” developed from √KYELEP under influence of T. telpe*. This is entirely speculative, however.

Neo-Eldarin: For Neo-Eldarin purposes, I would suggest using ᴹ√ÑGAN(AD) and its larger set of derivatives over hypothetical √TANAT or √KYANAT, which has only Quenya derivatives. For example, nande was used in NQNT over tant(il)a.

Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/ÑGAN; Ety/TYAL; EtyAC/ÑGAN] Group: Eldamo. Published by