S. aew n. “(small) bird” (Category: Bird)
A noun meaning “(small) bird” (SA/lin¹, Ety/AIWĒ), appearing in the name Linaewen “Lake of Birds” (S/119, UT/401). It was derived from primitive ᴹ✶aiwē like its Quenta cognate aiwë (Ety/AIWĒ), with the primitive diphthong ai becoming the ae in Sindarin.
Conceptual Development: In the Gnomish Lexicon from the 1910s, G. aigli “bird” was given as a derivative of the root ᴱ√aı̯², though in this early iteration Tolkien said it especially applied to larger instead of smaller birds (GL/17). In Early Noldorin notes from the 1920s, it became ᴱN. aiw “bird” (PE13/136, 158). In The Etymologies from the 1930s, the form became N. aew “(small) bird” (Ety/AIWĒ), and this is the source of the derivation given above.
References ✧ PE17/97; SA/lin¹
|aewion||old-genitive plural||✧ PE17/97|
|aewon||old-genitive plural||✧ PE17/97|
|aiwon||old-genitive plural||✧ PE17/97|
N. aew n. “(small) bird” (Category: Bird)
Reference ✧ Ety/AIWĒ ✧ “(small) bird”
|ᴹ√AIWĒ > aew||[aiwē] > [aiwe] > [aiw] > [aew]||✧ Ety/AIWĒ|
ᴱN. aiw n. “bird” (Category: Bird)
References ✧ PE13/136, 158
G. aigli n. “bird” (Category: Bird)
References ✧ GL/17, 32