N. hell¹ adj. “naked” (Category: Naked, Bare)
An adjective in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “naked” and derived from primitive ᴹ✶skelnā under the root ᴹ√SKEL (Ety/SKEL). This word was originally hall “naked” under an earlier but deleted form of the root ᴹ√SKAL (EtyAC/SKEL). The root ᴹ√SKEL was also the basis for the verb N. heltha- “to strip”, and its Quenya derivative ᴹQ. helda was at one point was glossed “stripped bare” (Ety/SKAL¹), so the word hell seems to mean “naked” in the sense “*stripped (of clothing or other covering)”.
Conceptual Development: There are a couple of earlier “naked” words in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s that seems to be similarly derived. G. dautha “naked, stripped” was related to daf- “to strip, flay” (GL/29) and G. hulc “naked” (GL/49) is like the cognate of ᴱQ. hulqa “naked” under the early root ᴱ√HULU “strip” (QL/41). In later writings, some “naked” words were derived from √PAR “peel” instead (PE17/86, 171).
References ✧ Ety/SKEL; EtyAC/SKEL
|ON. skhella > hell||[sxella] > [xella] > [xell] > [hell]||✧ Ety/SKEL|
|ON. skhalla > hall||[sxalla] > [xalla] > [xall] > [hall]||✧ EtyAC/SKEL|
Reference ✧ GL/29 ✧ “naked, stripped”