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S. [N.] mûl, n. “slave, thrall”
Conceptual Development: In the Gnomish Lexicon from the 1910s, one word for “slave” was G. guinir, apparently an agental form of the adjective guin² “possessed”. The suffix -(n)ir was usually limited to feminine word, so perhaps this word was exclusively female.
Another word for “slave” or “servant” was G. drog (GL/31), and the word ᴱN. drog “slave” reappeared in the Early Noldorin word lists of the 1920s (PE13/142, 155). This word was derived from primitive ᴱ✶norokā́ with the initial [nr] becoming [dr] (GL/31), though at this early stage its relation to other roots is unclear.
The form N. mûl appeared in the Etymologies from the 1930s, having the derivation given above (Ety/MŌ). This form did not reappear in Tolkien’s later writings, but its Quenya cognate mól did, along with its primitive form and its root (VT43/31).
N. mûl n. “slave, thrall”
Reference ✧ Ety/MŌ ✧ “slave, thrall”
|ᴹ✶mōl- > mûl||[mōlǝ] > [mōl] > [mūl]||✧ Ety/MŌ.008|
ᴱN. drog n. “slave”
References ✧ PE13/142, 155-156
G. drog n. “slave, thrall, servant”
Reference ✧ GL/31 ✧ “slave, thrall, servant”
|ᴱ✶norokā́ > drog||[noroka] > [nroka] > [nrok] > [ndrok] > [ndrog] > [drog]||✧ GL/31.0301|