Ilk. nivon adv. and n. “forward; west” (Category: West)

Ilk. nivon adv. and n. “forward; west” (Category: West)

A Doriathrin word meaning “forward” or “west”, derived from the root ᴹ√NIB (Ety/NIB). It could have developed from primitive forms like *✶nibon or *✶nibn(ǝ), with -on developing in the second example because [o] developed between a consonant and a final [n] in Ilkorin. As noted by Helge Fauskanger (AL-Doriathrin/nivon), the sense “west” probably developed from the meaning “forward” because the Elves thought of themselves as facing West when marking directions.

References ✧ Ety/NIB, RAD; EtyAC/NIB




Dor. niv- prefix “forward, west” ✧ EtyAC/NIB

Element In


Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√NIB > nivon [nibno] > [nivno] > [nivn] > [nivon] ✧ Ety/NIB
ᴹ√NIB > nivon [nibon] > [nivon] ✧ Ety/RAD