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ᴹQ. seler (sell-) [þ] n. “sister” (Category: Sister)

ᴹQ. seler (sell-) [þ], n. “sister” (Category: Sister)

A noun for “sister” in The Etymologies of the 1930s derived from the root ᴹ√THEL or THELES of the same meaning, with an irregular plural selli (Ety/THEL), where the stem form sell- is because the Quenya syncope caused the second e to be lost and then the ancient ls became ll.

Neo-Quenya: In notes from the late 1960s, Tolkien introduced a new word nésa for “sister” (VT47/14). However, I think seler might be retained to mean a “metaphorical” sister, a close female associate who may or may not be related by blood, as with such words as meletheldi “love-sister, *close female friend” or ᴹQ. oselle “sworn sister”. In this sense, nésa would be limited to biological relationships, but seler would refer to sisterly (or sister-like) affection.

References ✧ Ety/THEL





selli plural ✧ Ety/THEL

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Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√THELES > seler [tʰeles] > [θeles] > [θeler] > [seler] ✧ Ety/THEL