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ᴹQ. halda¹ adj. “veiled, hidden, shadowed, shady” (Category: Shade, Shadow)

ᴹQ. halda¹, adj. “veiled, hidden, shadowed, shady” (Category: Shade, Shadow)

An adjective in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “veiled, hidden, shadowed, shady” derived from the primitive ᴹ✶skalnā based on the root ᴹ√SKAL¹ “screen, hide (from light), overshadow” (Ety/SKAL¹). A similar form halda “hidden, veiled” appeared in the entry for a deleted root ᴹ√SKAL³ “cover, hide” (EtyAC/SKAL³), probably abandoned when Tolkien adjusted the meanings of the roots ᴹ√SKAL¹ and ᴹ√SKEL; see those entries for details. This word might be consider an adjectival form of hala “cast shadow” from 1966-67 (PE17/154).

References ✧ Ety/SKAL¹; EtyAC/SKAL³






Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶skalnā > halda [skalnā] > [xalnā] > [xaldā] > [haldā] > [halda] ✧ Ety/SKAL¹