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N. rhaw³ n. “lion” (Category: Lion)

⚠️N. rhaw³, n. “lion” (Category: Lion)
ᴺS. ^raw² “lion”

A noun appearing as N. rhaw “lion” in The Etymologies of the 1930s derived from primitive ᴹ✶rāu [rāw] under the root ᴹ√RAW (Ety/RAW), where the initial r was unvoiced to rh as was generally the case in Noldorin. It had a Noldorin plural form of rhui.

Conceptual Development: G. rau “lion” appeared in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s (GL/65), probably a derivative of the early root ᴱ√RAVA like its cognate ᴱQ. rau “lion” (QL/79).

Neo-Sindarin: Since the unvoicing of initial liquids did not occur in Sindarin, many people adapt this word as ᴺS. raw “lion” for purposes of Neo-Sindarin, as suggested in Hiswelókë’s Sindarin Dictionary (HSD). Its Sindarin-style plural is more likely to be roe(w) rather than **rui: compare Sindarin plural S. noeg of naug “dwarf” (UT/100) vs. its Noldorin plural N. nuig (EtyAC/NAUK).

References ✧ Ety/RAW




rhui plural ✧ Ety/RAW



Phonetic Developments

ON. > rhaw [rǭ] > [rou] > [rau] > [r̥au] ✧ Ety/RAW
ON. rōwi > rhui [rǭwi] > [rouwi] > [rauwi] > [ruiw] > [r̥uiw] > [r̥ui] ✧ Ety/RAW

G. rau n. “lion” (Category: Lion)

See N. rhaw³ for discussion.

References ✧ GL/65; LT1A/Meássë