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Q. vaina [w] adj. “blonde, fair of hair” (Category: Hair (other))

A word for “blonde, fair of hair” appearing in notes probably from around 1959, part of a paradigm in which the Elvish tribe names were based on their predominant hair color; it was derived from a root √GWAY “pale, fair” distinct from √BAN “beautiful” (PE17/154-155). Although the note where this word appeared was deleted, a similar derivation of Vanyar appeared in the Quendi and Eldar essay from 1959-60 from the root √WAN “fair” in reference to hair and complexion (WJ/383). [ᴺQ.] vaina “fair haired” could likewise be derived from that root.

Reference ✧ PE17/154 ✧ “blonde, fair of hair”

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Phonetic Developments

GWAY > waina > vaina [gwaina] > [ɣwaina] > [waina] > [vaina] ✧ PE17/154