√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).
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
ᴹ√LED root. “go, fare, travel”
References ✧ Ety/ELED, LED, TĀ; EtyAC/LED, LEN; PE21/12
|ELED||augmentation||“go, depart, leave”||✧ Ety/ELED|