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ᴹ√(N)DEW root. “follow, come behind”

ᴹ√(N)DEW root. “follow, come behind”

A root in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “follow, come behind”, apparently a strengthened form of ᴹ√DEW (Ety/NDEW; EtyAC/DEW). Its most notable derivative is Doriathrin name Dior “successor”, name of Thingol’s grandson and heir after the departure of his parents Beren and Lúthien. This name dates back to the earliest versions of the Legendarium, and Tolkien continued to use it in later versions of the Silmarillion, but this is the only place he gave it a derivation. However, Dior cannot be a derivative of √NDEW in Sindarin, since [eu] became [iu] and then became [ȳ] (VT47/7), so that the result would be *dŷr in Sindarin. Most likely Dior was one of those names Tolkien retained from the earliest iteration of the Legendarium despite it no longer having any clear etymological foundation in later versions of the Elvish languages.

References ✧ Ety/NDEW, NDŪ; EtyAC/DEW, KHIL





NDEW strengthened “follow” ✧ EtyAC/DEW