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Re: Dwarves and all.

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 30, 1999, 20:07
At 3:00 pm -0500 30/11/99, John Cowan wrote:
>Raymond Brown wrote: > >> Did he also use 'dwarven' on the analogy of 'elven'? > >He did not. He used "dwarvish" and also nominal compounds in "dwarf", as >in "dwarf-king" (cf. "Elven-king"). AFAIK the adjective "dwarven" >first appeared in print in the original _Dungeons and Dragons_ manuals.
Phew - glad my memory wasn't playing tricks :) It seems to me Tolkien used 'dwarv- ' only where, if he'd been bold enough (bit like me with 'uze', I guess ;), he'd have used 'dwarrow- '. 'Dwarrowish' looks possible to me - but 'dwarrowen' looks more Welsh than English!
>> The -v- is not etymologically correct and could only have arisen either >> through analogy with words like elf~elves, wolf~wolves etc., or through >> deliberate coinage. > >Evidently analogy in this case, rather than deliberate coining.
A bit of both, methinks. Tolkien was a very competent English scholar & I'm certain he knew just what he was doing :) Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================