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LED root. “go, proceed”

LED root. “go, proceed”

A variant of √LED Tolkien considered to explain the derivation of S. lembas “waybread”. The root √LEN “(?road), way” also appeared earlier in The Etymologies as the root of N. lembas (EtyAC/LEN). Tolkien may have introduced this root when he revised the earlier root ᴹ√LED (Ety/LED) “go, fare, travel” >> √DEL¹ “walk, go, proceed, travel” (WJ/360), deciding that its inversion √LED was only used in Quenya (WJ/363).

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See √LED and √DEL¹ for further discussion.

This root appeared in The Etymologies (Ety/LED) and in some later writings with the sense “go”. In the “Quendi and Eldar” essay from 1959-60, Tolkien decided that √LED was a Quenya-only variant of the original root √DEL (WJ/360, 363). Elsewhere, Tolkien said that √LED was “not much used in Sindarin except in compounds with ✶et ‘out’ as edlen(n)” (PE17/51). Its Sindarin derivative S. lembas “way bread” was reassigned to √LEN (PE17/60). See √DEL¹ and √LEN for further discussion.

References ✧ PE17/51-52, 60, 139, 159; WJ/363

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ᴹ√LED root. “go, fare, travel”

In later writings, this root became a Quenya-only variation of √DEL¹. Its non-Quenya derivations may have been transferred to √LEN.

References ✧ Ety/ELED, LED, TĀ; EtyAC/LED, LEN; PE21/12

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ELED augmentation “go, depart, leave” ✧ Ety/ELED

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ᴹ√LEN root. “(?road), way”

Reference ✧ EtyAC/LEN ✧ “(?road), way”

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