N. bellas n. “bodily strength” (Category: Strong, Mighty, Powerful)
A word for “bodily strength” in The Etymologies of the 1930s based on Old Noldorin belle “strength” under the root ᴹ√BEL “strong” (Ety/BEL). Ordinarily this Old Noldorin word would have become *bell (e.g. N. hell “naked” from ON. skhella), but it seems this word was not sufficiently distinct, so at some point the abstract noun suffix N. -as was added.
Reference ✧ Ety/BEL ✧ “bodily strength”
|ON. belle||“strength”||✧ Ety/BEL|
|#-as||“abstract noun”||✧ Ety/BEL (#-as)|