ᴱ√LESE root. “collect”
A root in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s glossed “collect” with derivatives like ᴱQ. lese- “come together, gather” and ᴱQ. lesta “gathering, assembly” (QL/53). It also had derivatives in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon such as G. lest “gathering, assembly, concourse, moot” and G. lesta- “gather, assemble, meet” (GL/53). There are no clear indications of this root in Tolkien’s later writings, where Tolkien seems to have shifted to ᴹ√KHOTH “gather”, but it is possible that ᴹQ. lesta “measure” from Fíriel’s Song of the 1930s is connected to this early root.
Reference ✧ QL/53 ✧ “collect”