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ᴱQ. nyé n. “bleat, cry of goat or sheep” (Category: Goat)

The word ᴱQ. nyé “bleat, cry of goat or sheep” appeared in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s as a derivative of the early root ᴱ√NYE(NE) “bleat” (QL/68). This root was connected to ᴱ√NYEHE “weep” which was the basis for words like ᴱQ. nie “tear”.

Neo-Quenya: The word ᴹQ. nie “tear” reappeared in Tolkien’s later writings as a derivative of ᴹ√NEY, and I think ᴺQ. nyé “bleat” might be retained in Neo-Quenya as an onomatopoeic form, possibly related to this root.

Reference ✧ QL/68 ✧ nyē “a bleat, cry of goat or sheep”


Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√NYE(NE) > nyē [nʲē] ✧ QL/68