An Adûnaic noun translated as “God” or “Power” (SD/247, 305), the equivalent of (and possibly derived from) Q. Vala. It is probably pronounced [awalō], since the sound [w] in Adûnaic was sometime written “v” (SD/434). It frequently appeared in its plural or subjective plural forms Avalôi(m) “Powers, Gods”.
Conceptual Development: In early drafts of Adûnaic its plural was Avalâi with a long â instead of ô, perhaps indicating an earlier singular form Avalâ closer to Vala. Earlier still this word was given as plural Balāi, a more direct derivative of the Elvish root form ᴹ√BAL.
References ✧ SD/241, 247, 305, 311, 344, 357, 387; SDI2/Avalâi, Avalôi, Avalôim, Balâi
|avalōi-si||draft-dative draft-plural||“on Powers”||✧ SD/311|
|avalōi-men||draft-instrumental draft-plural||✧ SD/311|
|Avalâi||draft-plural||“Gods and Elves”||✧ SDI2/Avalâi|
|Avalôi||plural||✧ SD/357; SD/387; SDI2/Avalôi|
|Avalôim||plural subjective||✧ SD/387|
|Avalōim||plural subjective||“Powers, gods”||✧ SD/241|
|Avalôim||subjective plural||✧ SDI2/Avalôim|
References ✧ SD/341, 344; SDI2/Avalâi, Balâi
|Balâi||draft-plural||✧ SDI2/Avalâi; SDI2/Balâi|
|Balāi||draft-plural||✧ SD/341; SD/344|