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Early Noldorin


noun. face, front, forward surface, face, front, forward surface; [G.] cheek

A word in Early Noldorin Word-lists with glosses “face, front, forward surface”, cognate to ᴱQ. anta “cheek” (PE13/137, 160).

Conceptual Development: In the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s, G. ant instead had the gloss “cheek” and was derived from ᴱ✶ṃ̄t- (GL/19), probably related to ᴱ√MATA “eat” (QL/59). In Gnomish Lexicon Slips correcting that document, Tolkien revised the gloss to “face” (PE13/110).


  • antant “face” ✧ PE13/137


  • Eq. anta “cheek; jaw(s)” ✧ PE13/137; PE13/160


  • ᴱ√MATA “eat”

Element in

  • En. athra- “to face, look in a certain direction, oppose” ✧ PE13/160
  • En. annas “face, countenance” ✧ PE13/137; PE13/160
Early Noldorin [PE13/137; PE13/160] Group: Eldamo. Published by