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ÑGAW root. “howl; falsify, deform, disguise”

ÑGAW root. “howl; ⚠️falsify, deform, disguise”

This root first appeared as ᴹ√ÑGAW “howl” in The Etymologies of the 1930s (Ety/ÑGAW), apparently replacing deleted ᴹ√ÑO(NO) of the same meaning. Its most notable derivative was N. gaur “werewolf” as in N. Tol-na-Gaurhoth “Isle of Werewolves”, a name Tolkien introduced in Silmarillion drafts of the 1930s (SM/311, LR/284). The root reappeared as √NGWAW “howl” in the Outline of Phonology (OP2) from the early 1950s (PE19/106), but in notes on the words and phrases of The Lord of the Rings from the late 1950s or early 1960s, Tolkien gave √ÑGAW the gloss “falsify, deform, disguise”.

Neo-Eldarin: For purposes of Neo-Eldarin, I recommend sticking with the sense “howl” for this root.

References ✧ PE17/39, 169; PE19/106; SA/gaur




ᴹ√ÑGAW root. “howl”

See ÄGAW for discussion.

Reference ✧ Ety/ÑGAW ✧ “howl”


ᴹ√ÑO(N) root.

See ÄGAW for discussion.

Reference ✧ EtyAC/ÑŌ² ✧ ÑŌ²/ÑONO