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Q. #corma n. “ring” (Category: Finger Ring)

Q. #corma, n. “ring” (Category: Finger Ring)
ᴱQ. corma “cake, lump”
Q. #millë “?ring”

A word for “ring” appearing as an element in Q. Cormacolindor “Ring-bearers” (LotR/953), clearly derived from the root √KOR “round”. It also appeared in a translation of the title of The Lord of the Rings that Tolkien included in a 1973 letter to Phillip Brown: i Túrin i Cormaron.

Conceptual Development: Another translation of “Lord of the Rings” is known from an exhibit of Tolkien manuscripts: Heru imillion, where presumably the element millë means “ring” (DTS/54). In a deleted entry from The Etymologies of the 1930s, Tolkien had ᴹQ. kolma “ring ([?on] finger)” [or possibly “or finger”] derived from a deleted root ᴹ√KOL (EtyAC/KOL).

References ✧ LotR/953, 1112; Minor-Doc/1973-05-30




Cormaron genitive plural “of ... rings” ✧ Minor-Doc/1973-05-30


KOR “round”
-ma “instrumental”

Element In


ᴹQ. kolma n. “ring (?on finger)” (Category: Finger Ring)

See Q. #corma for discussion.

Reference ✧ EtyAC/KOL ✧ “ring (?on finger)”


Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√KOL > kolma [kolma] ✧ EtyAC/KOL