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G. fileg n. “fern” (Category: Vegetation (other))

⚠️G. fileg, n. “fern” (Category: Vegetation (other))
ᴺS. ^fileb “fern”
N. fileg “small bird, [G.] *sparrow”

A noun appearing as G. fileg or filc “fern” in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s (GL/35), cognate to ᴱQ. filqe “fern” under the early root ᴱ√FILI “fine, thin” (GL/35).

Neo-Sindarin: In Tolkien’s later writing, N. fileg was “small bird”, so I would adapt this Gnomish word as ᴺS. fileb “fern”, assuming a primitive form of *philikwe with kw becoming p (and then b) as usual for Sindarin of the 1950s and 60s. I would also assume that, like N. fileg “small bird”, the singular fileb “fern” was reconstructed based on the plural filib “ferns”.

References ✧ GL/35, 48



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