ᴹQ. lára² n. “grave” (Category: Grave, Tomb)
A rejected noun for “grave” in a deleted entry in The Etymologies written around 1937 for the root ᴹ√DAG “dig” (EtyAC/DAG).
Conceptual Development: There was a word ᴱQ. kaune “grave” in the Qenya Lexicon and Poetic and Mythological Words of Eldarissa of the 1910s based on the early root ᴱ√KAVA which also meant “dig” (QL/45; PME/45). In the first version of the ᴱQ. Oilima Markirya poem and its drafts written around 1930, Tolkien used ᴱQ. sapsa or sapta for “grave” (MC/221; PE16/75), a word that is clearly based on another root meaning “dig”: ᴱ√SAPA.
Neo-Quenya: Since √SAP appeared in Tolkien’s later writings with the same or similar meaning (PE19/86), I’d adapted ᴺQ. sapta for “grave”, along with the meaning “(delved) hole, pit”; see that entry for discussion.
Reference ✧ EtyAC/DAG ✧ lára “grave”
|ᴹ√DAG > lára||[dagra] > [lagra] > [laɣra] > [lāra]||✧ EtyAC/DAG|
References ✧ PME/45; QL/45
|ᴱ√KAV > kaune||[kaβnē] > [kaβne] > [kaune]||✧ PME/45|
|ᴱ√KAVA > kaune||[kaβnē] > [kaβne] > [kaune]||✧ QL/45|