Q. hlón(a) (hlon-) n. “noise, sound” (Category: Noise, Thunder)
A word for “a noise” appearing in a list of roots for sound words from 1959-60 with variants hlóna and hlōn, derived from the root √(S)LON (PE17/138). It also appeared in a draft of the Quendi and Eldar essay from around the same time as hlōn “sound” from ✶slōn, an element in ohlon “diphthong” (VT48/29). It appeared in its plural form hloni “sound” in the Quendi and Eldar essay itself (WJ/394).
Neo-Quenya: For purposes of Neo-Quenya, I would use this word mostly for incoherent (and especially non-vocal) noise, as opposed to Q. láma for more coherent (and especially vocal) sound, even though this isn’t entirely consistent with Tolkien’s term Q. hlonitë for “phonetic”. Perhaps the use of hlon- in this term emphasizes that a phoneme cannot by itself be coherent, especially consonantal phonemes (which were the focus of early Elvish linguistics).
References ✧ PE17/138; VT48/29; WJ/394
|√SLON > hlóna||[slōna] > [l̥ōna]||✧ PE17/138|
|√slōn > hlōn||[slōn] > [l̥ōn]||✧ VT48/29|
References ✧ QL/56
|ᴱ√LOŘO > lon||[lonð] > [lond] > [lon]||✧ QL/56|