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Q. nappa n. “claw, talon” (Category: Nail, Claw)

Q. nappa, n. “claw, talon” (Category: Nail, Claw)

A noun for “claw, talon” appearing rough notes on Elvish Hands, Fingers and Numerals from the late 1960s based on the root √NAP “grasp, seize quickly” (VT47/20). In the margin Tolkien wrote a variant form namma with the same glosses, and the mm was clear despite the implausibility of its derivation from √NAP.

Neo-Quenya: For purposes of Neo-Quenya, I’d stick to nappa.

References ✧ VT47/20




Phonetic Developments

NAP > nappa [nappa] ✧ VT47/20
NAP > namma [napma] ? [namma] ✧ VT47/20