ᴹ√MOROK root. “*bear”
A root in The Etymologies of the 1930s serving as the basis for “bear” words: ᴹQ. morko, N. brôg, and Ilk. broga (Ety/MORÓK), replacing rejected ᴹ√MOROG (EtyAC/LIS). The primitive form ✶morokō “bear” reappeared in the Common Eldarin: Noun Structure from the early 1950s, but Tolkien wrote an “X” above it (PE21/82 and note #55). In Tolkien’s later writings it may have been replaced by ✶grā “bear” which appeared in notes from the late 1960s, but in those notes Tolkien changed the gloss of ✶grā to “dog” (VT47/12, 35). This leaves ᴹ√MOROK as the best available root for “bear”.
References ✧ Ety/LIS, MORÓK; EtyAC/LIS