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Q. tyellë n. “grade, order, step (in a stairway or ladder)” (Category: Furniture (other))

Q. tyellë, n. “grade, step (in a stairway or ladder), ⚠️order” (Category: Furniture (other))

A word appearing in its plural form tyeller “grades” in The Lord of the Rings Appendix E as applied to the rows of the tengwar chart (LotR/1118). In notes on Words, Phrases and Passages from the Lord of the Rings from the late 1950s or early 1960s Tolkien said its proper meaning was “grade, order” (PE17/122), but in notes from the late 1960s Tolkien said it meant “grade, also a step in a stairway, ladder”, and was derived from the root √KJEL “go down slowly, especially go down by degrees” (PE17/157).

References ✧ LotR/1118; PE17/122, 157




tyeller plural; er-plural “grades” ✧ LotR/1118

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Phonetic Developments

KJEL > tyelle [kjelle] > [tjelle] ✧ PE17/157