ᴱ√NṚQṚ root. “to wither, fade, shrivel”
A root in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s glossed “to wither, fade, shrivel”, its most notable derivative being ᴱQ. Narqelion “Autumn” along with ᴱQ. narqa “faded, shrivelled” and ᴱQ. narqa- “(intr.) wither” (QL/68). In the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon it had derivatives like G. drib- “rot, decay, wear out”, explicitly derived from nṛq- (GL/30) and other derivatives like G. narcos “rot, decay” (GL/59), these being the result of differing phonetic developments for short and long syllabic [ṛ]. In later writings, ᴹQ. Narqelion became “Fire-fading” = ᴹ√NAR¹ + ᴹ√KWEL (Ety/KWEL, NAR), so the early root was almost certainly abandoned.
References ✧ GL/30; QL/68