√MET root. “end, finality”
This root first appeared as ᴹ√MET “end” in The Etymologies of the 1930s (Ety/MET). It may have had a conceptual precursor in ᴱQ. met “mark, aim, object”, but that word was derived from ᴱ√MEKE and had a stem form mekt- (QL/60). In any case, met- appeared quite frequently for “end” words from the 1930s forward, and the root itself was mentioned in a list from the late 1950s or early 1960s where Tolkien clarified that it had to do with “finality” only, as opposed to √TEN which meant “end” in the sense “point aimed at” (VT49/24).
Reference ✧ VT49/24 ✧ met “end = finality”
ᴹ√MET root. “end”
Reference ✧ Ety/MET ✧ “end”