Ilk. lûn adj. “pale” (Category: Light in Color)
A Doriathrin adjective for “pale” derived from primitive ᴹ✶lugni, a revision of the form luin that appeared in The Etymologies as published in The Lost Road (Ety/LUG², EtyAC/LUG²). The revision of [ui] >> [ū] probably reflects Tolkien’s vacillation on how primitive [g] vocalized before [m], [n] in Ilkorin. The earlier form of this word might an element in the name Draugluin “Werewolf” (LR/134), which in earlier writings was glossed “Werewolf Pale” (LB/205). The early Noldorin word ᴱN. lhui “pale” might be a precursor to it (PE13/149).
References ✧ Ety/LUG²; EtyAC/LUG², LUY
|ᴹ✶lugni > luin||[lugni] > [lugne] > [luine] > [luin]||✧ Ety/LUG²|
|ᴹ✶lugni > lūn||[lugni] > [lugne] > [lūne] > [lūn]||✧ EtyAC/LUG²|
References ✧ PE13/149