ᴱQ. qelu n. “well, spring, source” (Category: Spring, Well)
A noun appearing as ᴱQ. qelu “well, spring, source” in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s, derived from the root ᴱ√QEL+U, a variant of ᴱ√KELU (QL/76). It also appeared with the gloss “well, spring” in the Poetic and Mythological Words of Eldarissa (PME/76).
Neo-Quenya: Related words ᴱQ. qelume “source, origin” and ᴱQ. qeluva “original” indicate this word could be used for the “source” of things beyond just water. As such, I think this word might be salvaged in Neo-Quenya as ᴺQ. celu “source, origin”, from the later root √KELU. The form quel- can’t be retained, as this means “fade” in Tolkien’s later writings, and the abstract form celumë can’t be used, as this means “flowing”.
References ✧ PME/76; QL/76
|ᴱ√QEL+U > qelu||[kʷelū] > [kʷelu]||✧ QL/76|