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ᴹQ. malo¹ (malu-) n. “pollen, yellow powder” (Category: Flower (other))

ᴹQ. malo¹ (malu-), n. “pollen, yellow powder” (Category: Flower (other))

A noun in The Etymologies from around 1937, glossed “pollen, yellow powder” and derived from the root ᴹ√SMAL “yellow” (Ety/SMAL).

Conceptual Development: In Tolkien’s earlier writings, ᴱQ. malo was “rust”, first appearing in the Early Qenya Grammar and Early Qenya word-lists of the 1920s (PE14/42, 44, 71, 74; PE15/77; PE16/111) and later as ᴹQ. malo “rust” in the Declension of Nouns of the early 1930s where it had a stem form of malu- (PE21/12). Most likely these earlier forms were based on the early root ᴱ√MALA² “yellow” from the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s (QL/63), though in QL itself the word ᴱQ. malo was “moth” from the distinct root ᴱ√MALA¹ “crush” (QL/63).

Neo-Quenya: For purposes of Neo-Quenya, I think the “pollen” and “rust” meanings for malo (malu-) can co-exist, with both originally considered a form of “yellow powder”.

Reference ✧ Ety/SMAL ✧ malo “pollen, yellow powder”




Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶smalu > malo [smalu] > [smalo] > [m̥alo] > [malo] ✧ Ety/SMAL