S. beleg, adj. “great, mighty, large, big”

The primitive form of this word in later writings is unclear. The development in Quenya seems indicates a primitive initial ✶mb- and a primitive form of ✶mbeleke, as in ✶Mbelekōro or ✶Mbelekōre > Q. Melkor (PE17/115, WJ/402). However, the nasal-mutation meleg appears in Taur-i-Melegyrn “Forest of the Great Trees”, indicating a primitive initial ✶b- and a primitive form of ✶beleke. It is possible the soft-mutation veleg appears Arveleg, also indicating a primitive initial ✶b-. @@@ Also Cûl Veleg.

It may be that the strengthening of √BEL ⇒ √MBEL occurred only in Quenya, and the Sindarin form developed from the original √BEL instead. Since Etymologies state that √BEL was “not found in Q[uenya]”, this seems a likely scenario to me.

References ✧ PE17/115.0302; PE17/115.1505; RC/536.4107; S/209.1314; SA/beleg.001; WJI/Taur-i-Melegyrn.003-1

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Meleg nasal-mutation b-mutation “great” ✧ WJI/Taur-i-Melegyrn.003-1
Veleg soft-mutation b-mutation “big” ✧ RC/536.4107

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N. beleg adj. “great, large”

References ✧ Ety/BEL.037; PE22/031.2018

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feleg soft-mutation b-mutation “large” ✧ PE22/031.2018

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ON. beleka > beleg [beleka] > [belek] > [beleg] ✧ Ety/BEL.037

ᴱN. beleg adj. “great, large, huge”

References ✧ PE13/122.0515; PE13/122.0601; PE13/125.0901; PE13/125.0905; PE13/125.0906; PE13/125.1108; PE13/125.2707; PE13/125.2709; PE13/138.9201; PE13/138.9303

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bailiad augmentative ✧ PE13/125.2707
beliad augmentative ✧ PE13/125.0905
bilig plural ✧ PE13/122.0601
bailiant superlative ✧ PE13/125.2709
belegariant superlative ✧ PE13/125.1108
beliant superlative ✧ PE13/125.0906

G. beleg adj. “mighty, great”

References ✧ GL/22.5901; LT1A/Haloisi Velikë.036

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