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N. bellas n. “bodily strength” (Category: Strong, Mighty, Powerful)

N. bellas, n. “bodily strength” (Category: Strong, Mighty, Powerful)
G. nert “prowess, a feat, strength”

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.

Conceptual Development: The Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s had G. polm or polwin “strength (physical)”, clearly based on the early root ᴱ√POLO “have strength” (GL/64).

Reference ✧ Ety/BEL ✧ “bodily strength”


ON. belle “strength” ✧ Ety/BEL
#-as “abstract noun” ✧ Ety/BEL (#-as)


G. polm n. “strength (physical)” (Category: Strong, Mighty, Powerful)

See N. bellas for discussion.

References ✧ GL/64



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