Beware, older languages below! The languages below were invented during Tolkien's earlier period and should be used with caution. Remember to never, ever mix words from different languages!

Early Primitive Elvish


root. *lead (metal)

A root in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s whose derivatives all began with kanu- and had to do with metallic lead (QL/44). The root √KAN had various other meanings in Tolkien’s later writing, but I think it is possible to theorize the existence of a Neo-Eldarin root ᴺ√KANU “lead (metal)” in order to retain these early words.


  • Eq. kanu “lead” ✧ LT1A/Tilkal; QL/044


  • KANA¹ ✧ QL/044
Early Primitive Elvish [LT1A/Tilkal; QL/044] Group: Eldamo. Published by

gana Speculative

root. young

A hypothetical early root that would explain words appearing in the Gnomish Lexicon of the 1910s such as ᴱQ. kana and G. gân “young” (GL/37). There are no signs of this root in Tolkien’s later writings.


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