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Aha

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'''''aha''''' is a noun meaning "rage" in [[Quenya]]. Compare with ''[[rûth]]'' in [[Sindarin]].
  
The name of the tengwa 11. Its former name was [[Charma]] and in [[Quenya]] it had the value ch in all positions. After [[Quenya]] ch was softerned to h it got the name [[Acha]] and was later used mainly in the middle of the words where ch remained unchanged. However medial ch was softened once more even in middle of words and it became Aha.  
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[[Image:Harma.gif]]''Aha'' is also the name of the eleventh letter of the [[Tengwar]] alphabet.
  
It had the value ch in [[Sindarin]]. In [[Westron]] it was named [[Shé]] and had the value of sh.
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== History ==
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The original name of ''Aha'' was ''[[Charma]]'' and in Quenya it had the value "ch". Over time the "ch" in Quenya softened to "h" and the letter, now called ''Acha'', was only used when the "ch" sound was explicit. Still later the "ch" sound disappeared altogether and the letter was renamed ''Aha''.
  
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In [[Sindarin]], ''Aha'' still refers to the "ch" sound. In [[Westron]] the letter was called ''Shé'' and had 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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[[Category:Quenya words]]
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[[Category:Tengwar letters]]

Revision as of 23:55, 22 July 2006

aha is a noun meaning "rage" in Quenya. Compare with rûth in Sindarin.

Harma.gifAha is also the name of the eleventh letter of the Tengwar alphabet.

History

The original name of Aha was Charma and in Quenya it had the value "ch". Over time the "ch" in Quenya softened to "h" and the letter, now called Acha, was only used when the "ch" sound was explicit. Still later the "ch" sound disappeared altogether and the letter was renamed Aha.

In Sindarin, Aha still refers to the "ch" sound. In Westron the letter was called Shé and had the value of "sh".

References