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Qenya 


noun. nose

A word for “nose” in The Etymologies written around 1937, derived from ᴹ√NEÑ-WI (Ety/NEÑ-WI), an elaboration of the shorter root ᴹ√NEÑ (EtyAC/NEÑ-WI). Given its primitive form, its stem ought to be nengwi-, but in attested compounds this word is consistently nengwe-, so perhaps Tolkien changed his mind on its primitive form.

Conceptual Development: The earliest percursor to this word seems to be ᴱQ. nen (neng-) “nostril” in several documents from the 1920s (PE14/72; PE15/75; PE16/113), whose dual nenqi was also used for a “nose” of one person (PE14/76; PE15/75). In the Declension of Nouns from the early 1930s, Tolkien had nin (ning-) “beak, nose” < ᴹ✶nengǝ (PE21/26), though this phonetic shift of short e to i is rather unusual and seems to be limited to this document.


  • N. nem “nose” ✧ Ety/NEÑ-WI
  • Ilk. nîw “nose” ✧ Ety/NEÑ-WI


  • ᴹ✶neñwi “nose” ✧ Ety/NEÑ-WI
    • ᴹ√NEÑ “*nose” ✧ EtyAC/NEÑ-WI

Element in

  • ᴹQ. nengwea “nasal” ✧ Ety/NEÑ-WI
  • ᴹQ. nengwetanwa “nasal-infixed”
  • ᴹQ. nengwetehta “nasal sign” ✧ PE22/011
  • ᴺQ. nenquet- “to condescend, (orig.) speak down the nose”
  • ᴺQ. nungwë “cold (in the nose or head)”

Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶NEÑ-WI > nengwe[neŋwi] > [neŋgwi] > [neŋgwe]✧ Ety/NEÑ-WI
Qenya [Ety/NEÑ-WI; PE22/011; PE22/022; PE22/050] Group: Eldamo. Published by


noun. nose, beak


  • ᴹ✶nengǝ “beak, nose” ✧ PE21/26
    • ᴹ√NEÑ “*nose”
Qenya [PE21/19; PE21/25; PE21/26] Group: Eldamo. Published by