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N. taes n. “nail” (Category: Nail, Peg)

N. taes, n. “nail” (Category: Nail, Peg)

A noun for “nail” in The Etymologies of the 1930s derived from primitive ᴹ✶taksē under the root ᴹ√TAK “fix, make fast” (Ety/TAK). Here the k became spirantal before s [taχse] and then vocalized to i to produce the diphthong ai [tais(e)], which then developed into ae [taes].

Neo-Sindarin: These Noldorin developments of the 1930s are different from the spirantal developments of Sindarin of the 1950s and 60s. It seems that ancient ks became ch in Sindarin: compare S. ach “neck” from primitive ✶aks (PE17/92). If you update this “nail” word to fit these developments it should become ᴺS. *tach. However, I prefer to retain the 1930s form taes and assume it was a dialectical variant.

Reference ✧ Ety/TAK ✧ “nail”

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Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶taksē > taes [taksē] > [takse] > [taksa] > [taxsa] > [taisa] > [tais] > [taes] ✧ Ety/TAK