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ᴹQ. #askat- v. (basic-verb) “to rend, break asunder” (Category: to Break)

ᴹQ. #ascat-, v. (basic-verb) “to rend, break asunder” (Category: to Break)

The verb ᴹQ. terhat- “break apart” appeared in The Etymologies of the 1930s, a combination of ᴹQ. ter “through” with the root ᴹ√SKAT “break asunder” (Ety/SKAT). Its past form terhante “broke” appeared in earlier versions of the Lament of Atalante from the 1930s (LR/47, 56). In versions of the poem associated with The Notion Club Papers from the 1940s, Tolkien revised terhante to askante “sunder-broke” (SD/310), and in the final version of the poem he had sakkante “rent” (SD/246). The past form sakkante is difficult to puzzle out, but askante is probably based on an augmented form askat- of the root ᴹ√SKAT.

Neo-Quenya: For purposes of Neo-Quenya, I would retain both terhat- “to break apart” and askat- “to rend, break asunder” as near synonyms, both more distinctive than the basic verb ᴹQ. hat- “break asunder”.

References ✧ SD/246, 310


askante past “sunder-broke” ✧ SD/310
sakkante past “rent” ✧ SD/246

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ᴹQ. terhat- v. (basic-verb) “to break apart” (Category: to Break)

See ᴹQ. #askat- for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/SKAT; LR/47, 56; SD/310





terhante past “broke” ✧ LR/47; LR/56
terhante past “sunder-broke” ✧ SD/310


ter “through”
hat-¹ “to break asunder” ✧ Ety/SKAT

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