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Q. nór (nor-) n. “land” (Category: Earth, Land)

Q. nór (nor-), n. “land” (Category: Earth, Land)
ᴱQ. talat “dry land”

A term for “land” as in “(dry) land as opposed to the sea”, mentioned in the Quendi and Eldar essay of 1959-60 (WJ/413) and again in notes from around 1968 (PE17/106-107).

Possible Etymology: In the Quendi and Eldar essay this term was derived from primitive ✶ndōro, but in the aforementioned 1968 notes Tolkien clarified that its stem form was nŏr-. This means it was probably derived from ancient *ndŏr-, where the long vowel in the uninflected form was inherited from the Common Eldarin subjective form *ndōr, a phenomenon also seen in words like nér (ner-) “man”. I prefer this second derivation, as it makes the independent word more distinct from the suffixal form -ndor or -nóre used in the names of countries.

References ✧ PE17/106-107; WJ/413





nŏr- prefix ✧ PE17/107
nŏr- stem ✧ PE17/106

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Phonetic Developments

ndōr > nōr [ndōr] > [nōr] ✧ PE17/106
NDŌR/NDŎR- > nôr [ndōr] > [nōr] ✧ PE17/107
ndōro > nór [ndōro] > [ndōr] > [nōr] ✧ WJ/413