S. aen, adv. “should be; ?may it be that”

Carl Hostetter suggested (VT31/16) that this may be a cognate of Q. nai “be it that”, since in combination with the future verb estathar it resembles the nai + future construct of the Quenya subjunctive. David Salo suggested instead (GS/228) that it might be a pronominal subject of the same verb, though with less conviction. This lexicon follows Carl Hostetter’s theory.

References ✧ SD/129.0503; VT50/13.1706



Element In