Ad. nîlu n. (strong-II neut) “moon” (Category: Moon)

Ad. nîlu n. (strong-II neut) “moon” (Category: Moon)

A noun translated as “moon” and fully declined as an example of a Strong II noun (SD/431). It appears with both a short and long final -u, but Tolkien indicated that the form with long û is actually the personified form Nîlû “Man in the Moon” (SD/426), perhaps the Adûnaic name of Tilion. Tolkien also listed the “later forms Nil, Njūl” (SD/306), one of which may be the Westron word for “moon”, most likely Wes. nil. Andreas Moehn suggested (EotAL/NUL) that this noun may be related to nûlo/nûlu/nâlu, but given the evil connotations of these words (SD/306) and the different stem vowels, this seems unlikely to me.

References ✧ SD/241, 306, 426, 428, 431; SDI2/Nîlû




nīl(uw)at dual   ✧ SD/428
nīlat dual; archaic-strong-dual   ✧ SD/431
nīluwat dual   ✧ SD/431
nīluwāt dual subjective   ✧ SD/431
nīlāt dual subjective; archaic-strong-dual   ✧ SD/431
nīlu objective   ✧ SD/431
nīlī plural   ✧ SD/431
nīlīya plural subjective   ✧ SD/431
nīlō subjective “moon” ✧ SD/426; SD/428
nīlō subjective   ✧ SD/431

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