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N. cuen n. “small gull, petrel, sea-bird” (Category: Gull, Petrel)

N. cuen, n. “small gull, petrel, sea-bird” (Category: Gull, Petrel)

A noun appearing as cuen “small gull, petrel” in The Etymologies of the 1930s, a loan word from Ilk. cwên of the same meaning, derived from the primitive root ᴹ√KWǢ (EtyAC/KWǢ). Its Noldorin form N. poen had fallen out of use. It also appeared with the form cuén “a sea-bird” in notes on The Feanorian Alphabet from the 1930s, again as a loan word from Ilkorin (PE22/32).

Neo-Sindarin: Since Ilkorin was no longer a part of Tolkien’s system of Elvish languages in the 1950s and 60s, this word is somewhat questionable, but I think it is worth retaining, reimagined as a loan word from a different language (probably a dialect of Nandorin).

References ✧ EtyAC/KWǢ; PE22/32





Phonetic Developments

Ilk. cwēn > cuen [kwen] ? [kuen] ✧ EtyAC/KWǢ