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S. imlad n. “deep valley, narrow valley with steep sides, gap, gully” (Category: Dale, Valley)

S. imlad, n. “deep valley, narrow valley with steep sides, gap, gully, [N.] dell, glen” (Category: Dale, Valley)

A common Sindarin word for “valley”, an elaboration of the more ancient element †im of similar meaning which fell out of use due to its conflicts with other words like the reflexive pronoun im (VT47/14). S. imlad was more or less the equivalent of Telerin imbe meaning “a gap, gully; low, narrow tract between high walls”; in Telerin the ancient element ✶imbi survived. More specifically S. imlad referred to a “narrow valley with steep sides but a flat habitable bottom” (RC/234, 482).

Conceptual Development: N. imlad “dell, deep vale” was mentioned in The Etymologies of the 1930s as a derivative of the root ᴹ√IMBE, along side its shorter form N. imm of the same meaning (Ety/IMBE). N. im(b)lad was also mentioned in rough notes on irregular verbs from the Quenya Verbal System of the 1940s with the gloss {“ravine” >>} “glen”, more accurately a “glen with a long bottom, much longer than its width, that still has much habitable ground” (PE22/127).

References ✧ LotRI/Morgul Vale; NM/355; PE17/87, 89; RC/234, 482; SA/lad; VT47/14

Glosses

Elements

im³ “valley” ✧ VT47/14
lad “plain, valley” ✧ SA/lad
imbi “between” ✧ NM/355

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Phonetic Developments

imbi-lătă > imlad [imbilata] > [imbilat] > [imbilad] > [imblad] > [imlad] ✧ PE17/87

N. imlad n. “dell, deep vale, glen” (Category: Dale, Valley)

See S. imlad for discussion.

References ✧ EtyAC/IMBE; PE22/127; WR/287

Glosses

Variations

Changes

Elements

imm “dell, deep vale” ✧ EtyAC/IMBE
#lhad “plain” soft-mutation ✧ EtyAC/IMBE (#lad)

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