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hwesta sindarinwa

noun. Grey-elven hw



sindarinwa (þ) adj. "Grey-elven" in the phrase hwesta sindarinwa "Grey-elven hw" (Appendix E); it may really be "Sindarin" (as a noun) with the possessive ending -va, -wa appended, hence literally "hw of [the] Sindarin [language]"


breeze, breath, puff of air

hwesta (1) noun "breeze, breath, puff of air" (SWES), also name of tengwa #12 (Appendix E, VT46:17); hwesta sindarinwa "Grey-elven hw", name of tengwa #34 (Appendix E).


noun. breeze, breeze; [ᴹQ.] breath, puff of air

A noun in Appendix E of The Lord of the Rings glossed “breeze”, the name of tengwa #12 [c] (LotR/1123).

Conceptual Development: ᴹQ. hwesta “breath, breeze, puff of air” appeared in The Etymologies of the 1930s as a derivative of the root ᴹ√SWES “noise of blowing or breathing” (Ety/SWES).


  • ᴺS. hwest “puff, breath, breeze”


  • ᴹ√SWES “noise of blowing or breathing”

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eddy, whirlpool

hwindë noun (2) "eddy, whirlpool" (SWIN). In the pre-classical Tengwar system presupposed in the Etymologies, hwindë was also the name of tengwa #34, which letter Tolkien would later call hwesta sindarinwa instead.