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Middle Primitive Elvish


root. *entwine, thread; spider

An unglossed root in The Etymologies of the 1930s, with derivatives like ᴹQ. lia/N. thlê “fine thread, spider filament” and ᴹQ. líne/N. thling “cobweb, [N.] spider” (Ety/SLIG). It is probably a later iteration of the primitive form ᴱ√LI+ya “unite many as one” from the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s with derivatives like ᴱQ. lia “twine” and ᴱQ. liante “tendril” (QL/53), with analogous forms G. lind “twine” and G. -liont in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon (GL/54). For purposes of Neo-Eldarin, it is probably best to assume this root is associated with collections of thread rather than directly with spiders, since in later writings spider words were based on √ungu- (PE22/160).


  • ᴹ✶ligā “fine thread, spider filament” ✧ Ety/SLIG
    • ᴹQ. lia “fine thread, spider filament, fine thread, spider filament; [ᴱQ.] twine” ✧ Ety/SLIG
    • N. thlê “fine thread, spider filament” ✧ Ety/SLIG
  • ᴹ✶slignē “spider, spider’s web, cobweb” ✧ Ety/SLIG
    • ᴹQ. líne “cobweb, cobweb; [ᴱQ.] cotton, thread” ✧ Ety/SLIG
    • N. thling “spider, spider’s web, cobweb” ✧ Ety/SLIG
  • ᴺQ. lia- “to entwine”
  • ᴹQ. liante “spider, spider, [ᴱQ.] tendril, vine” ✧ Ety/SLIG
  • N. thling “spider, spider’s web, cobweb” ✧ Ety/DOƷ

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Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/DOƷ; Ety/SLIG; Ety/UÑG] Group: Eldamo. Published by