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OY root. “ever, continual, unceasing”

OY root. “ever, continual, unceasing”

This root first appeared as ᴹ√OY “ever, eternal” in The Etymologies of the 1930s (Ety/OY), replacing roots ᴹ√GEY, ᴹ√EY, and ᴹ√ƷEI̯ of similar meaning (Ety/GEY, EY; EtyAC/ƷEI̯). It had derivatives like ᴹQ. oi/N. ui “ever” and ᴹQ. oira/N. uireb “eternal” (Ety/OY). It was an element in the name ᴹQ. Oiolosse “(Mount) Ever White” (LR/209), though when Tolkien first coined this name it was ᴹQ. Ialasse (SM/81), as reflected in Tolkien’s vacillations on the proper form of the root. After settling on √OY, he stuck with it thereafter, and this root and primitive form appeared a number of times in his later writings (PE17/69; Let/278).

References ✧ PE17/69, 170-171

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ᴹ√OY¹ root. “ever, eternal”

See √OY for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/EY, GEY, OY

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ᴹ√GEY root. “ever, everlasting”

See √OY for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/EY, GEY; EtyAC/EY, ƷEI̯

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