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N. belt adj. “strong in body” (Category: Strong, Mighty, Powerful)

N. belt, adj. “strong in body” (Category: Strong, Mighty, Powerful)

An adjective for “strong in body” in The Etymologies of the 1930s based on Old Noldorin belda “strong” under the root ᴹ√BEL “strong” (Ety/BEL). Ordinarily this Old Noldorin word would have become *bell (e.g. N. goll “wise” from ᴹ✶ñgolda), but this is one of the rare cases in Noldorin of the 1930s where final ld > > lt rather than the usual ll.

Neo-Sindarin: There is no sign of this sound change in later Sindarin words, so you may want to adapt this word as *bell “strong” for purposes of Neo-Sindarin, but personally I’d just keep belt and assume it was a dialectical variant or had a different primitive form.

Conceptual Development: The Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s had G. polmog or polwed “strong (physically)”, adjective forms of G. polm or polwin “strength (physical)” (GL/64).

Reference ✧ Ety/BEL ✧ “strong in body”



Phonetic Developments

ON. belda > belt [belde] > [belðe] > [belð] > [belt] ✧ Ety/BEL

G. polmog adj. “strong (physically)” (Category: Strong, Mighty, Powerful)

See N. belt for discussion.

References ✧ GL/64




polm “strength (physical)” ✧ GL/64