Q. nór (nor-) n. “land” (Category: Earth, Land)
A term for “land” as in “(dry) land as opposed to the sea”, mentioned in the Quendi and Eldar essay of 1959-60 (WJ/413) and again in notes from around 1968 (PE17/106-107).
Possible Etymology: In the Quendi and Eldar essay this term was derived from primitive ✶ndōro, but in the aforementioned 1968 notes Tolkien clarified that its stem form was nŏr-. This means it was probably derived from ancient *ndŏr-, where the long vowel in the uninflected form was inherited from the Common Eldarin subjective form *ndōr, a phenomenon also seen in words like nér (ner-) “man”. I prefer this second derivation, as it makes the independent word more distinct from the suffixal form -ndor or -nóre used in the names of countries.
References ✧ PE17/106-107; WJ/413
|✶ndōr > nōr||[ndōr] > [nōr]||✧ PE17/106|
|✶NDŌR/NDŎR- > nôr||[ndōr] > [nōr]||✧ PE17/107|
|✶ndōro > nór||[ndōro] > [ndōr] > [nōr]||✧ WJ/413|