Q. aiwë n. “(small) bird”
A noun meaning “(small) bird” (SA/lin¹, Ety/AIWĒ), appearing in Radagast’s Quenya name Aiwendil “Lover of Birds” (UT/401). It was derived from primitive ᴹ✶aiwē like its Sindarin cognate aew (Ety/AIWĒ).
Conceptual Development: In the Gnomish Lexicon from the 1910s, ᴱQ. aiwe appeared as the cognate of G. aigli “bird” (GL/17), but in Early Noldorin notes from the 1920s, the cognate of ᴱN. aiw “bird” was given as ᴱQ. oive (PE13/136, 158) or oi(we) (PE13/132). A similar form oio (stem oiw-) appeared in notes on the declension of the noun from the early 1930s (PE21/12). In The Etymologies from the mid-1930s, the form ᴹQ. aiwe was restored (Ety/AIWĒ), and this is the source of the derivation given above.
References ✧ SA/lin¹; UT/401
ᴹQ. aiwe n. “(small) bird”
Reference ✧ Ety/AIWĒ ✧ “(small) bird”
|ᴹ√AIWĒ > aiwe||[aiwē] > [aiwe] > [aiwe]||✧ Ety/AIWĒ|
ᴱQ. aiwe n. “bird”
References ✧ GL/17; PE16/147
|ᴱ√aı̯² > aiwe||[ajwē] > [ajwe] > [aiwe]||✧ GL/17|