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'''''aha''''' is a noun meaning "rage" in [[Quenya]].  
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'''''aha''''' is a noun meaning "rage" in [[Quenya]].<ref name="Names">{{App|Letters}}, Note, ''The names of the letters''</ref>
==Etymology==
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[[PQ]] *''ak<sup>h</sup>â'' from [[root]] *AKH.
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In the [[First Age]], ''aha'' was pronounced ''acha''.
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[[Image:Harma.gif|left]]''Aha'' was also the later name in Quenya of the eleventh letter of the [[Tengwar]] alphabet<ref name="Names"/> and the third letter of the third grade or [[Tyellë]], which contains "voiceless spirants".  It was the third letter in the third series of consonants.
  
==Tengwa==
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For written Quenya, the third series is used for the ''k''-series, the ''[[Calmatéma]]''.<ref name="Letters">{{App|Letters}}</ref>  Originally the letter ''Aha'' was called ''[[Harma]]'' and it represented spirant '''CH''' in all positions.  While the letter retains this value in medial positions, over time the sound softened into breath '''H''' at the beginning of words and the name of the letter when so used is ''Aha''.<ref name="Names"/>
[[Image:Harma.gif|right]]''Aha'' is also the name of the eleventh letter of the [[Tengwar]] alphabet. In [[Westron]] it was called '''Shé''' and it had the value of ''sh'' in [[Mannish]] modes.
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=== History ===
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==See Also ==
The original name of ''Aha'' was '''''[[Charma]]''''' and in Quenya it had the value "ch". Over time the "ch" in Quenya softened to "h" at the beginning of words and the letter, now called '''''Acha''''', was only used in the middle of words where ''ch'' still retained. Still later the "ch" sound disappeared altogether and the letter name as well became ''Aha''.
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* [http://www.uib.no/People/hnohf/qlist.htm Quenya Corpus Wordlist] edited by [[Helge Fauskanger]]
 
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In [[Sindarin]], ''Aha'' still refers to the "ch" sound. In [[Westron Tengwar|Westron]] the letter is called '''''Shé''''' and has the value of "sh".
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== References ==
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* ''[[The Languages of Tolkien's Middle-earth]]'' by [[Ruth S. Noel]]
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* [http://www.uib.no/People/hnohf/qlist.htm Quenya Corpus Wordlist] edited by [[Helge Kåre Fauskanger]]
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Latest revision as of 22:00, 8 November 2012

aha is a noun meaning "rage" in Quenya.[1]

Harma.gif
Aha was also the later name in Quenya of the eleventh letter of the Tengwar alphabet[1] and the third letter of the third grade or Tyellë, which contains "voiceless spirants". It was the third letter in the third series of consonants.

For written Quenya, the third series is used for the k-series, the Calmatéma.[2] Originally the letter Aha was called Harma and it represented spirant CH in all positions. While the letter retains this value in medial positions, over time the sound softened into breath H at the beginning of words and the name of the letter when so used is Aha.[1]

[edit] See Also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters", Note, The names of the letters
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters"