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ᴹ√ANGWA root. “snake”

ᴹ√ANGWA root. “snake”

The root √ANGWA “snake” with variant √ANGU appeared in The Etymologies of the 1930s as the basis for the words ᴹQ. ango “snake” (Ety/ANGWA) and angulóke “dragon” (Ety/LOK). The Noldorin equivalent am- seems to have survived only as a suffix (Ety/ANGWA), and is a good example of how [ŋgw] > [mb] in that language. There are a variety of other words for “snake” in Tolkien’s later writings, so whether this root remained valid is unclear.

References ✧ Ety/ANGWA, LOK

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