Primitive elvish


root. howl; falsify, deform, disguise

This root first appeared as ᴹ√ÑGAW “howl” in The Etymologies of the 1930s (Ety/ÑGAW), apparently replacing deleted ᴹ√ÑO(NO) of the same meaning. Its most notable derivative was N. gaur “werewolf” as in N. Tol-na-Gaurhoth “Isle of Werewolves”, a name Tolkien introduced in Silmarillion drafts of the 1930s (SM/311, LR/284). The root reappeared as √NGWAW “howl” in the Outline of Phonology (OP2) from the early 1950s (PE19/106), but in notes on the words and phrases of The Lord of the Rings from the late 1950s or early 1960s, Tolkien gave √ÑGAW the gloss “falsify, deform, disguise”.

Neo-Eldarin: For purposes of Neo-Eldarin, I recommend sticking with the sense “howl” for this root.


  • ñgawar “were-wolf”
  • ñgwaumē “wolvish howling” ✧ PE19/106
    • Q. nwámë “wolvish howling” ✧ PE19/106
    • S. baw “howling” ✧ PE19/107; PE19/107
  • ñgwaurō “wolf (not wild wolves)” ✧ PE19/106
    • Q. nauro “werewolf, wolf (not wild wolves)” ✧ PE19/106
    • S. gaur “werewolf” ✧ PE19/106
  • ᴺQ. nauna “false”
  • ᴺQ. naumë “falsehood”
  • ᴺQ. nauta- “to falsify”
  • ᴺQ. nauna- “to howl”
  • Q. nauro “werewolf, wolf (not wild wolves)” ✧ PE17/039
  • S. gaur “werewolf” ✧ PE17/039; SA/gaur

Element in


  • NGWAW ✧ PE19/106
  • ngwaw- ✧ SA/gaur
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root. howl