Sami language has the g/gh sound for k, like Semitic, where the Finnish language uses k/c like many euro words do.
A good one is the number 6 in Sami is ghutti but is kutti in Finnish. Ghutti, lol, I won't even start on that one but I'm heading to the Goths and Guti next for it.
My main premise here is that I'm going to claim that many PIE words actually derive from a Finno-Ugric root, simply because that language appears very old in the areas it is and PIE is a later language so it seems natural that IE speakers actually used words from earlier speakers, it's not uncommon in history to change your language, Greeks did it. I can even find the earliest Linear B form of Mycenae in Finnish, mukana.
So, the Germanic word hel as bright comes from proto Germanic ghul, but apparently harks back to PIE kel, to hide, conceal. Hole, hill, think of kurgans, hills that hide, conceal things, usually round, sometimes hollow, holy even..
At first this seemed a good root word for Celts. The hiders, people who conceal, but it didn't seem to fit as a tribal name.
Bright hel may actually come from a different root.
It's also in Hebrew remember as hel in Helel, a name for Lucifer as he fell, like Phaethon did, whose name also means shining, bright, you can also find the phae root in Hephaestus, who was also cast from Heaven (by Hera) more like fire there than hel, but the same context.
These words spread out with a clear g sound, such as glow, gel, glass and with a y as yellow. Yellow is so named because it's bright, look carefully and you can see gold pop out at you, it means bright, golden, like the Sun, Helios.
It was reported the Aesti/Estonians used the word glisis for amber, like glass and spoke a language like those of Britain, how interesting for this reference to a Finnic people, historians brush the comment off with he obviously was mistaken...
Heli is circular into Latin, think of a halo, a bright, golden circle, this encompasses this word. Wheel, jol,Yule, cello, cell every word with these variations comes from this same root of apparent PIE kel.
Finnish hella means a stove, hot and bright, a bit like the Christian hell, not the Nordic hel, which relates more to the IE version of underground.
Finnish yellow is Keltainen, they use k.
Seems to me then that this might be a name of the Celts, yellow heads, maybe like Sumerian black heads.
With a G sound you get back to the gel, gol sound, which seems quite likely this word could be the exact same word as yellow with the gh sound. Gauls.
If anything the Gauls and Celts are consistently described as having yellow hair.
Edited by The Puzzler, 16 March 2014 - 07:44 AM.