S. enedh, n. “center, middle; core”

Tolkien vacillated between enedh (< √ENED) and ened (perhaps < √ENET) in his later writings. In his Sindarin dictionary, Hiswelókë suggested ened as the likely “final” form based on Enedwaith as it appears in The Lord of the Rings and as discussed on Let/224. I prefer enedh for better compatibility with its Quenya cognate endë as in Q. enderi “middle-days” (LotR/1108, endë + “day”). If the Sindarin form were ened < √ENET, the corresponding Quenya form would instead be entë. Furthermore, in a general discussion of the uses of dh on VT42/20, Tolkien states that “Enedhwaith is misspelt”, possibly meaning that the normal spelling (Enedwaith) is not strictly correct.

References ✧ UT/264.4406; VT41/16.3001; VT48/25.0713

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N. enedh n. “centre, middle, core”

References ✧ Ety/ÉNED.011; Ety/NÉD.007; Ety/NÉD.014

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nedh- prefix “mid-” ✧ Ety/NÉD.014

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ᴹ√ÉNED > enedh [enede] > [eneðe] > [eneð] ✧ Ety/ÉNED.011