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Early Quenya


noun. tress of hair; (glossy) hair

A word for “glossy hair” in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s derived from the early root ᴱ√SḶKḶ (QL/86), also mentioned with the same gloss in the contemporaneous Poetic and Mythological Words of Eldarissa (PME/86). The word also appeared under the root ᴱ√SILI with the gloss “tress of hair”, but there it was marked with a “?” indicating uncertainty on Tolkien’s on which root was the basis of the word (QL/83).

It appeared in a list of body parts from the 1920s as a general word for “hair” (PE14/117). It also appeared in a vocabulary list for drafts of the ᴱQ. Earendel poem towards the end of the 1920s, with the gloss “tress” (PE16/100). It appeared as an element in the word ᴱQ. silqelosseën “with blossom-white hair” in the final version of the poem (MC/216). There is no sign of this word after that point.


  • ᴱ√SILI “*gleam” ✧ QL/083
  • ᴱ√SḶKḶ “rich, lush” ✧ QL/086

Element in

  • Eq. andesilqe “long-haired, long-tressed” ✧ QL/031
  • Eq. eldasilqe “maidenhair fern, (lit.) elf tress” ✧ QL/035
  • Eq. silqeléni “silver birch, (lit.) long tresses” ✧ QL/053; QL/083
  • Eq. silqelossea “with hair like white flowers” ✧ PE16/100

Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√SILI > silqe[silkʷē] > [silkʷe]✧ QL/083
ᴱ√SḶKḶ² > silqe[sḷkʷē] > [sḷkʷe] > [silkʷe]✧ QL/086
Early Quenya [PE14/117; PE16/100; PME/086; QL/031; QL/035; QL/053; QL/083; QL/086] Group: Eldamo. Published by