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N. gwanna- v. “to depart, die” (Category: to Die; Dead; Death)

N. gwanna-, v. “to die, depart” (Category: to Die; Dead; Death)
ᴱN. gurdh- “to die”
G. gor-² “to die”
G. lith- “to go, depart, be over, finish, end, die”

A verb in The Etymologies of the 1930s appearing in its (Noldorin) infinitive form gwanno with the gloss “depart, die” and derived from primitive ᴹ✶wanta- under the root ᴹ√WAN “depart” (Ety/WAN). Its use for “to die” could be euphemistic or could refer to the departure of Elvish spirits to Valinor.

Neo-Sindarin: For purposes of Neo-Sindarin I was use this as the normal verb for “to die” among Elves, and limit S. fir- to the death of mortals.

References ✧ Ety/WAN


gwanno infinitive “depart, die” ✧ Ety/WAN


Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶wanta- > gwanno [wanta-] > [wantʰa-] > [wanθa-] > [gwanθa-] > [gwanna-] ✧ Ety/WAN