Q. morimaitë adj. “black-handed” (Category: Hand (other))
A word for “black-handed” in Treebeard’s description of orcs, a combination of Q. morë (mori-) “black” and Q. maitë “handed” (LotR/979; PE17/110). This description was literal rather than figurative (NM/176). ᴹQ. morimaite was already the form Tolkien used in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s (SD/68).
References ✧ LotR/979; NM/176; PE17/110
|morë||“dark, black; darkness, night”||✧ PE17/110 (#mori-)|
|maitë||“handy, skillful; having a hand, handed; shapely”||✧ PE17/110 (~maite)|