S. tawar n. “forest” (Category: Woods, Forest)
Conceptual Development: In The Etymologies of the 1930s N. tawar meant “wood (material)” but was often used with the same sense as N. taur “forest”; it was derived from the root ᴹ√TÁWAR (Ety/TÁWAR). In Sindarin, awa often became au (and then > o), and cases where it was preserved seem to have to do with patterns of stress; see the entry on that phonetic rule for further details.
Neo-Sindarin: For purposes of Neo-Sindarin, it is probably better to stick with the better known S. taur for “forest”.
Reference ✧ UT/319 ✧ Tawar “forest”
Reference ✧ Ety/TÁWAR ✧ “wood (material)”
|ᴹ✶tawar > tawar||[táwar]||✧ Ety/TÁWAR|
A word for “forest, wooded land” in Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s (GL/69), almost certainly a derivative of the early root ᴱ√TAVA “beam” as suggested by Christopher Tolkien (LT1A/Tavari). It seems to be an element in the name G. Tavrobel, but later the initial element of that name was redefined as N. tavor “woodpecker” (Ety/TAM), so this word was likely abandoned, possibly replaced by S. tawar.
References ✧ GL/69; LT1A/Tavari