N. oltha- v. “to dream” (Category: Dream)
A verb for “to dream” in The Etymologies of the 1930s derived from primitive ᴹ✶olsa- based on the root ᴹ√OLOS “dream” (Ety/LOS, ÓLOS), where the primitive ls became lth as was usual.
Conceptual Development: In the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s G. oltha- was glossed “to appear as an apparition”, but could be used for “I dream” as an impersonal verb with the purported subject in the dative (GL/62). This seems to be similar to how Q. óla- “dream” was used in Tolkien’s later writings, which likewise was an impersonal verb (UT/396). The Gnomish Lexicon had another verb G. olma- “I dream” as well (GL/62). These Gnomish verbs were clearly based on the early root ᴱ√OLO³ (QL/69).
References ✧ Ety/LOS, ÓLOS
|ᴹ✶olsa- > oltha-||[olsa-] > [olθa-]||✧ Ety/ÓLOS|
G. olma- v. “to dream” (Category: Dream)
Reference ✧ GL/62 ✧ “I dream”
G. oltha- v. “to appear as an apparition; to dream” (Category: Dream)
References ✧ GL/62; LT1A/Lórien