Q. cirya² n. “cleft, pass” (Category: Ravine, Pass)
Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this name was ᴹQ. Kalakilya (LR/173; MR/102), and the word ᴹQ. kilya “cleft, pass between hills, gorge” appeared in The Etymologies of the 1930s as a derivative of the root ᴹ√KIL “divide” (Ety/KIL). The word kilya also appeared with the gloss “chasm” in Lament of Atalante from the 1930s and 40s (LR/47, 56; SD/247, 310), but at some point when composing the final versions of the Namárië poem Tolkien switched to Calacirya, and he made the same change in later versions of Silmarillion drafts (MR/102).
Neo-Quenya: I’d avoid this word for Neo-Quenya, as it is too easily confused with cirya “ship”.
Reference ✧ RGEO/62 ✧ cirya “cleft”
References ✧ Ety/KIL; LR/47, 56; MR/471; SD/247, 310
|kilyanna||allative||“in-Chasm”||✧ LR/47; SD/310|
|ikilyanna||definite allative||“into chasm”||✧ SD/247|
|ᴹ√KIL > kilya||[kilya]||✧ Ety/KIL|