Q. Nessa f. “she that has manlike valour or strength”
Spouse of Tulkas and one of the Valier (S/29). Her name was most likely an adaptation of her Valarin title (WJ/404), though some interpreted it as a development from ancient ✶Neresā meaning “she that has manlike valour or strength” (WJ/416).
Conceptual Development: Her name ᴱQ. Nessa had already appeared in the earliest Lost Tales (LT1/75), though its derivation and meaning at this early stage is unclear. In The Etymologies, the name ᴹQ. Nessa appeared as a derivative of the root ᴹ√NETH “young” (Ety/NETH). The derivation above did not appeared until the “Quendi and Eldar” essay from 1959-60.
References ✧ MRI; SI; WJ/404, 416; WJI
|✶neresā > Nessa||[neresā] > [nersā] > [nersa] > [nessa]||✧ WJ/416|
ᴹQ. Nessa f. “*Young”
References ✧ Ety/NETH, NĪ¹; LRI; SMI
|ᴹ√NETH > Nessa||[nettʰa] ? [nessa]||✧ Ety/NETH|