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Select Elvish Words 9.82-9.83: Sculptor, Statue

9.82 Sculptor

Q. ondomaitar n. “sculptor in stone”

A noun for a “sculptor in stone” in Quenya Notes (QN) from 1957, a combination of ondo “stone” and maitar “artist” (PE17/163).

Q. ontamo n. “mason ⚠️(sculptor)”

A word a “mason (sculptor)” in notes from the late 1960s, a combination of ondo “stone” and tamo “smith” (PE17/107-108).

Neo-Quenya: For purposes of Neo-Quenya, I would use this word mainly for stone craftsmen = “mason”. For a stone artist = “sculptor” I would use ondomaitar.

9.83 Statue

ᴱQ. ondole n. “(stone) monument or cairn”

A word appearing as ᴱQ. ondole “a stone monument” in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s as an elaboration of ᴱQ. ondo “stone (QL/70). In the Poetic and Mythological Words of Eldarissa it was glossed “stone-cairn” (PME/70).

Neo-Quenya: Since ondo “stone” survived in Tolkien’s later writings, I would retain ᴺQ. ondolë for a monument or cairn made of stone (either refined or rough).

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