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ᴺQ. [ᴱQ.] nelma n. “needle” (Category: Needle)

ᴺQ. [ᴱQ.] nelma, n. “needle” (Category: Needle)
See ᴱQ. nelma for discussion.

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ᴱQ. nelma n. “needle” (Category: Needle)

A word appearing as ᴱQ. nelma “needle” in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s, but Tolkien vacillated on whether it was derived from the early root ᴱ√NELE “point” or ᴱ√NEME “*sew” (QL/65). As a derivative of ᴱ√NEME, Tolkien considered an alternate form nemya. The word nelma “needle” also appeared in the contemporaneous Poetic and Mythological Words of Eldarissa (PME/65).

Neo-Quenya: I would retain ᴺQ. nelma “needle” for purposes of Neo-Quenya, but as a derivative of √NEL since √NEM “sew” did not survive in Tolkien’s later writing. In Quenya of the 1930s and later, the root √NEL was generally glossed “three”, but was still associated with pointed things like in √NELEK “tooth” due to triangular shapes.

References ✧ PME/65; QL/41, 65





#nel suffix “needle” ✧ QL/41

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Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√NELE > nelma [nelmā] > [nelma] ✧ QL/65
ᴱ√NEME > ‽nemya [nemjā] > [nemja] ✧ QL/65