ᴹ√NARAK root. “tear, rend (tr. and intr.)”
A root in The Etymologies of the 1930s glossed “tear, rend (tr. and intr.)”, with derivatives like ᴹQ. naraka “harsh, rending, violent” and N. narcha- “to rend” (Ety/NÁRAK). The element S. narch “bitter-biting” in S. Narchost from The Lord of the Rings is probably related (LotR/900; RC/601). This in turn hints that the early root ᴱ√NARA “(properly) bite at” from the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s was a likely precursor, though a parenthetical comment indicates the actual form of this root was ᴱ√ŊARA or ᴱ√ŊAŘA [ŊAÐA] (QL/64).
Reference ✧ Ety/NÁRAK ✧ NÁRAK “tear, rend (tr. and intr.)”
ᴱ√ŊARA root. “(properly) bite at”
References ✧ QL/64