Primitive elvish


root. ever, continual, unceasing

This root first appeared as ᴹ√OY “ever, eternal” in The Etymologies of the 1930s (Ety/OY), replacing roots ᴹ√GEY, ᴹ√EY, and ᴹ√ƷEI̯ of similar meaning (Ety/GEY, EY; EtyAC/ƷEI̯). It had derivatives like ᴹQ. oi/N. ui “ever” and ᴹQ. oira/N. uireb “eternal” (Ety/OY). It was an element in the name ᴹQ. Oiolosse “(Mount) Ever White” (LR/209), though when Tolkien first coined this name it was ᴹQ. Ialasse (SM/81), as reflected in Tolkien’s vacillations on the proper form of the root. After settling on √OY, he stuck with it thereafter, and this root and primitive form appeared a number of times in his later writings (PE17/69; Let/278).


  • oio “ever”
    • S. ui “ever” ✧ Let/278
  • Q. oia(la) “everlasting, unceasing, without end, for ever” ✧ PE17/069
  • Q. oialë “forever, everlastingly, eternally, in eternity, forever, everlastingly, eternally, in eternity; [ᴹQ.] everlasting age” ✧ PE17/069
  • Q. oi(o) “ever, everlastingly; an endless period, ever, everlastingly; an endless period, *aeon” ✧ PE17/069

Element in

  • Q. Oiolossë “Ever (Snow) White” ✧ PE17/069


  • OI̯O ✧ PE17/069; PE17/170
Primitive elvish [PE17/069; PE17/170; PE17/171] Group: Eldamo. Published by


adverb. ever


  • OY “ever, continual, unceasing”


  • S. ui “ever” ✧ Let/278
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