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AM- is an Elvish root, with two different meanings.[1]



Meaning: "mother"


Meaning: "up" (usually in form amba-) or "go up"[2]

  • Quenya: am- ("up", prefix); amba ("up(wards)", adverb); amban ("upward slope, hill-side")
  • Noldorin (Sindarin): am ("up"); am-bend, amben ("uphill"); amon ("hill"); am-rûn ("uprising, sunrise"; hence Quenya ambaron, "Orient" [cf. Ambaróna])

Obsolete forms

In the Qenya Lexicon, appears the Qenya form AM(U) ("up(wards)").[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 348
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 146
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne)