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G. brithla n. “pearl” (Category: Gem, Jewel)

⚠️G. brithla, n. “pearl” (Category: Gem, Jewel)
S. brith “gravel”
ᴺS. !gaessarn “pearl, (lit.) sea-pebble”

A word for “pearl” in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s (GL/24), the equivalent of ᴱQ. marilla and hence derived from the early root ᴱ√MṚÐṚ “grind” (QL/63).

Conceptual Development: In Tolkien’s later writings this early Gnomish word seems to have been replaced by S./N. brith “gravel” (UT/54; Ety/BIRÍT).

References ✧ GL/24, 67; LT1A/Silmarilli



ᴱ√MṚÐṚ “grind”
#-la² “noun suffix” ✧ GL/24 (#-la)

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