Re: [tied] Re: Latin Volcanus and Ossetic Værgon

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 7822
Date: 2001-07-06

I agree that formal difficulties militate against connecting *wlkWos with Vulca:nus; and I'm not aware of any totemic association between smiths and wolves either. *welk- as a semantically vague "fire" or "lightning" term is marginally attested and more plausible as the basis for the Latin and Ossetic theonyms (Ossetic, by the way, has lost the Indo-Iranian "wolf" word *vrka-).
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From: João S. Lopes Filho
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2001 3:17 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Re: Latin Volcanus and Ossetic Værgon

What I know is that Vulcanus and Vaergon < *welk- "to shine, to burn", cf.
Sanskrit Varcas "shine, fulgor" and ulka "metteor".
Vulcanus < *vulca:
Although Latin for wolf is lupus (<*lukwos < metathesis < *wlkwos), the
non-metathesis form would be *vulcus,volcus. With a -nos ending, it would be
*wlkwonos > vulcinus . If there's some link to wolf, *vulca: would mean
"she-wolf". So, Vulcanus would be the "Lord of the She-wolf".
I don't know any relation between Vulcanus and the wolf.