[ᴱ]*√NUR root. “*murmur, grumble”
An unglossed root appearing as ᴱ√NURU in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s with derivatives like ᴱQ. nur(ru) “growl” and ᴱQ. núru- “to growl” (QL/68). It also had derivatives in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon such as G. nur- “growl, grumble” and G. nurn “plaint, lament, a complaint” (GL/61). Tolkien’s use of Q. nurru- “murmur, grumble” in the Markirya poem from the late 1960s indicates the root’s ongoing validity or restoration (MC/222-223), though perhaps with a different meaning. Somewhat interestingly, in the early version of the Markirya poem from around 1930, Tolkien used unrelated ᴱQ. ulmula for “mumbling” (MC/214).
Neo-Eldarin: For purposes of Neo-Eldarin, I would assume this root means “growl, grumble, mumble” to allow the salvaging of early words derived from ᴱ√NURU.
ᴱ√NURU root. “*growl, grumble”
References ✧ LT1A/Núri; QL/68