ᴱ√VḶÐḶ root. “*worth, value”
The unglossed root ᴱ√VḶŘḶ [VḶÐḶ] appeared in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s with derivatives like ᴱQ. valda “worth; worthy, dear” and ᴱQ. vildi- “it matters, is of significance, worth, moment” (QL/102). In the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon the primitive form was given as vḷd with derivatives like G. bâl “worthy, important; great, mighty” (GL/21, 23). ᴱN. balt “might” from the 1920s could be related (PE13/138). I think it is worth positing a Neo-Root ᴺ√BALAD “worth, value” as an elaboration on √BAL to serve as the basis for words having to do with worth, value and significance.
References ✧ GL/21, 23; QL/102