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Early Quenya

man tenuva súru laustane?

Who shall hear the wind roaring?

The thirteenth line of the Oilima Markirya poem (MC/213). The first word is man “who”, followed by the future tense of the verb ten- “to hear”. The object of the phrase is súru “wind” with the “bare stem” infinitive form of the verb lausta- “to roar”, as suggested by Gilson, Welden, and Hostetter (PE16/84, notes on line #10 and #11), apparently functioning as either an active-participle or a verbal object.

Decomposition: Broken into its constituent elements, this phrase would be:

> man ten-uva súru lausta-ne = “✱who hear-(future) wind roar-ing”

Element in


  • man tenuva súru laustane ✧ MC/213
Early Quenya [MC/213] Group: Eldamo. Published by