ᴹQ. nuru [ñ-] n. “death” (Category: to Die; Dead; Death)
A word for “death” in The Etymologies of the 1930s under the root ᴹ√ÑGUR, where Tolkien said its personification was Mandos (Ety/ÑGUR). Tolkien also use this word as “death” in the phrase ᴹQ. núruhuine méne lumna “death-shadow on-us is-heavy” (LR/47, 56; SD/310).
Conceptual Development: A possible precursor to this word is ᴱQ. urdu “death” from the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s under the early root ᴱ√GWṚÐṚ “die” (QL/104), given as a cognate to G. gurthu in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon (GL/43). A variant of this form seems to have been briefly restored in Quenya prayers from the 1950s as incomplete urtulm..., probably Q. urtu with a possessive suffix, but this was quickly replaced by Q. fírië “death” (VT43/27, 34).
Neo-Quenya: For purposes of Neo-Quenya, I would use the word nuru for death as an abstract force or concept (Death), as opposed to the death of individuals which would be fírie (if natural or peaceful) or [ᴹQ.] qualme (if undesired or painful). This is the way its cognate [N.] guru was used (Ety/WAN).
References ✧ Ety/ÑGUR; EtyAC/ÑGUR; LR/47, 56; SD/310
|ᴹ√ÑGUR > ñuru||[ŋguru] > [ŋuru] > [nuru]||✧ Ety/ÑGUR|
References ✧ GL/43; LT2A/Gurtholfin; QL/104
|ᴱ✶gu̯rþū́ > urdu||[gʷṛθū] > [gʷṛθu] > [wṛθu] > [urθu] > [urðu] > [urdu]||✧ GL/43|
|ᴱ√GWṚÐR > urdu||[gʷṛðū] > [gʷṛðu] > [wṛðu] > [urðu] > [urdu]||✧ QL/104|
References ✧ VT43/34
|urtulm||?||“*of our death”||✧ VT43/34|