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Middle Primitive Elvish


root. stalk, stem, leg

A root in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “stalk, stem, leg” with derivatives like ᴹQ. telko “leg” and N. telch “stem” (Ety/TÉLEK). Tolkien’s continuing use of Q. telco for “leg” or “stem (of a tengwa symbol)” indicates the ongoing validity of this root (PE22/51; PE17/122; LotR/1118). In earlier writings, Tolkien first gave ᴱQ. pelko “leg” < ᴱ√PELE (QL/73), but ᴱQ. telko “stem” appeared in Qenya Declensions from the late 1920s (PE16/113), and both pelko and telko appeared in declensions from early 1930s (PE21/48, 53) before Tolkien settled more firmly on telko in the mid-1930s, as noted above.


  • ᴹQ. telko “leg, stem” ✧ Ety/TÉLEK
  • N. telch “stem” ✧ Ety/TÉLEK
  • ᴺS. teleg “leg”


Middle Primitive Elvish [Ety/TÉLEK] Group: Eldamo. Published by