ᴹQ. helda¹ adj. “naked, stripped bare” (Category: Naked, Bare)
An adjective for “naked” in The Etymologies of the 1930s derived from primitive ᴹ✶skelnā under the root ᴹ√SKEL (Ety/SKEL). In the entry for ᴹ√SKAL¹ “screen, hide”, helda was glossed “stripped bare” and contrasted with ᴹQ. halda “veiled, hidden” (Ety/SKAL¹). This comparison is probably because Tolkien originally had ᴹQ. halla “naked” from the root ᴹ√SKAL, but this entry and its derivatives were deleted (EtyAC/SKEL).
Neo-Quenya: For purposes of Neo-Quenya, I would use the word helda “naked” in the sense of “*without clothes”, as opposed to parnë for “naturally bare or bald”. I would also use helda in the sense “*denuded”, in references to regions with plant growth removed.
Conceptual Development: There are a couple earlier “naked” words beginning with h- in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s: ᴱQ. hulin and ᴱQ. hulqa “naked” under the early root ᴱ√HULU “strip” (QL/41). Given the gloss “stripped bare” for helda in the 1930s, these 1910s words might be its precursors.
References ✧ Ety/SKAL¹, SKEL
|ᴹ✶skelnā > helda||[skelnā] > [xelnā] > [xeldā] > [heldā] > [helda]||✧ Ety/SKEL|
Reference ✧ EtyAC/SKEL ✧ halla “naked”
|ᴹ✶skalnā > halla||[skalna] > [xalna] > [skalla] > [halla]||✧ EtyAC/SKEL|
Reference ✧ QL/41 ✧ “naked”
|ᴱ√HULU > hulin||[xulin] > [hulin]||✧ QL/41|