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a is Sindarin for "and" as well as "O!".[1]


a is a Gnomish prefix, used to (1) cause an "initial consonant change; (2) form several adjectives and nouns.[2]


  1. Ruth S. Noel, The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 17