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ᴹQ. líne n. “cobweb” (Category: Spider)

ᴹQ. línë, n. “cobweb; [ᴱQ.] cotton, ⚠️thread” (Category: Spider)
ᴹQ. filet “cobweb”
ᴱQ. cangawinda “cobweb”

A noun for “cobweb” in The Etymologies of the 1930s derived from primitive ᴹ✶slignē under the root ᴹ√SLIG (Ety/SLIG).

Conceptual Development: In the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s Tolkien gave ᴱQ. līnẹ “thread, cotton” under the early root ᴱ√LI+ya (QL/53).

Neo-Quenya: This word is somewhat questionable, since in later writings, Tolkien derived spider words from √ungu-. However, I prefer to interpret ᴹ√(S)LIG as having to do with threads for purposes of Neo-Eldarin, and “cobweb” could be from a sense “collection of threads”. With this interpretation, I think it is also plausible to include the sense “cotton” from Early Qenya, though for “thread” I’d use other words like Q. ipsin or [ᴹQ.] lia. Helge Fauskanger suggested (QQ/líne) that this word should be *hlíne given primitive initial sl-, but there is another primitive form ᴹ✶ligā under the root, so perhaps the Quenya derivatives were (a) based from a variant root ᴹ√LIG or (b) reflect the Third Age Quenya pronunciation as voiced l (LotR/1114).

Reference ✧ Ety/SLIG ✧ “cobweb”



Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶slignē > líne [slignē] > [l̥ignē] > [l̥iŋnē] > [l̥īnē] > [līnē] > [līne] ✧ Ety/SLIG

ᴱQ. líne n. “thread, cotton” (Category: Thread)

See ᴹQ. líne for discussion.

Reference ✧ QL/53 ✧ līnẹ “thread, cotton”


Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√LI+ya > līnẹ [lijnē] > [lijne] > [līne] ✧ QL/53