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Q. fendë n. “door” (Category: Door, Gate)

Q. fendë, n. “door” (Category: Door, Gate)
ᴱQ. #tarnon “door”

A word appearing as {phende >>} fende “door” in Late Notes on Verb Structure (LVS) from 1969 (PE22/166 and note #112). The deleted variant probably indicates its primitive form.

Conceptual Development: The earliest “door” word was ᴱQ. posta in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s under the early root {ᴱ√PONO >>} ᴱ√BOÐO (QL/75). Another precursor was ᴹQ. fenda “threshold” in The Etymologies of the 1930s under the root ᴹ√PHEN (Ety/PHEN). In notes from December 1959 (D59) Tolkien gave Q. fenna as a derivative of √PHEN and cognate to S. fen, all meaning “door” (PE17/181).

Neo-Quenya: For purposes of Neo-Quenya, I prefer 1969 fendë as the word for “door”, but I think [ᴹQ.] fenda “threshold” might remain viable as a separate derivative of the root.

References ✧ PE17/45, 181; PE22/166




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Phonetic Developments

PHEN > fenna [pʰenna] > [ɸenna] > [fenna] ✧ PE17/181

ᴱQ. posta n. “door” (Category: Door, Gate)

See Q. fendë for discussion.

Reference ✧ QL/75 ✧ “door”


Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√BOÐO > posta [boðtā] > [boðta] > [bozta] > [bosta] > [posta] ✧ QL/75