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S. ion(n) n. “son” (Category: Son)

S. ion(n), n. “son, *boy” (Category: Son)
G. gontha² “boy”

The usual word for “son” in Sindarin, derived from the root √YON of similar meaning (MR/373; SD/129; VT50/18; Ety/YŌ). Tolkien gave it as both ion and ionn.

Conceptual Development: In the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s the word for “son” was G. bo or bon (GL/23). This became ᴱN. “son” in Early Noldorin Word-lists of the 1920s (PE13/144). Tolkien introduced N. ionn “son” in The Etymologies of the 1930s derived from the root ᴹ√YO(N) of the same meaning (Ety/YŌ), and seems to have stuck with it thereafter.

Neo-Sindarin: In later writings, Tolkien sometimes glossed its Quenya equivalents yondo or yonyo as “boy” (PE17/190; VT47/10, 27). Since we don’t have any good Sindarin words for “boy”, I’d use ionn for this purpose as well.

References ✧ MR/373; SD/129; VT50/18

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ionnath class-plural “sons” ✧ SD/129

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N. ionn n. “son” (Category: Son)

See S. ion(n) for discussion.

Reference ✧ Ety/YŌ ✧ “son”

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ᴹ√YON > ionn [jondo] > [jond] > [jonn] ✧ Ety/YŌ

ᴱN. n. “son” (Category: Son)

See S. ion(n) for discussion.

References ✧ PE13/144

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gui plural ✧ PE13/144
guin plural ✧ PE13/144

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G. bo(n) n. “son” (Category: Son)

See S. ion(n) for discussion.

References ✧ GL/23; LT2A/bo

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