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ᴱQ. silqe n. “tress of hair; (glossy) hair” (Category: Hair)

⚠️ᴱQ. silquë, n. “tress of hair; (glossy) hair” (Category: Hair)
Q. findë “hair (especially of the head); tress or plait of hair, [ᴹQ.] braid of hair”

A word for “glossy hair” in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s derived from the early root ᴱ√SḶKḶ² (QL/86), also mentioned with the same gloss in the contemporaneous Poetic and Mythological Words of Eldarissa (PME/86). The word also appeared under the root ᴱ√SILI with the gloss “tress of hair”, but there it was marked with a “?” indicating uncertainty on Tolkien’s on which root was the basis of the word (QL/83).

It appeared in a list of body parts from the 1920s as a general word for “hair” (PE14/117). It also appeared in a vocabulary list for drafts of the ᴱQ. Earendel poem towards the end of the 1920s, with the gloss “tress” (PE16/100). It appeared as an element in the word ᴱQ. silqelosseën “with blossom-white hair” in the final version of the poem (MC/216). There is no sign of this word after that point.

References ✧ PE14/117; PE16/100; PME/86; QL/31, 35, 53, 83, 86





silqe- stem ✧ QL/83

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Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√SILI > ‽silqe [silkʷē] > [silkʷe] ✧ QL/83
ᴱ√SḶKḶ² > silqe [sḷkʷē] > [sḷkʷe] > [silkʷe] ✧ QL/86