S. ness n. “headland” (Category: Plain, Field)
Conceptual Development: This word might be a remnant of G. ness “water meadow; long grass” from the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s (GL/60) which was probably a derivative of the early root ᴱ√NESE “give to feed; feed, pasture; graze” (QL/66). Given its Early Qenya cognate ᴱQ. nesse “(green) fodder, herb, grass”, it is likely that “long grass” is the original sense of G. ness, and “water meadow” is an extrapolated meaning. If so, then “headland” = “hills leading up to a mountain” is a plausible conceptual shift from “meadow”.
References ✧ UT/28; UTI/Taras