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G. faigli n. “hair, long tresses” (Category: Hair)

⚠️G. faigli, n. “hair, long tresses” (Category: Hair)
S. fing “lock of hair”

A noun in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s glossed “hair, long tresses”, a term Tolkien said was used especially of women (GL/33). Its primitive form appearing on another page as ᴱ✶fīđ’lī (GL/35). Its form illustrates a number of Gnomish sound changes, notably how long ī became ai and how ðl became gl; these sound changes were abandoned in later Sindarin.

References ✧ GL/33, 35; LT2A/Faiglindra



#-li “noun suffix” ✧ GL/33 (#-li)

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Phonetic Developments

ᴱ✶fīđ’lī > faigli [ɸīðlī] > [fīðlī] > [faiðlī] > [faiðli] > [faigli] ✧ GL/35