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Axan (pl. axani) is a Quenya noun meaning "law, rule, commandment, primarily proceeding from Eru".[1]


It is said to derive from Valarin akašân meaning "He says".[2]

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axan is similar to the ancient Greek word ἄναξ (wanakts, anax) meaning "ruler, lord, king". The Valarin form akašân, in the meantime, resembles the word akasha, the aether in Hindu cosmology and mysticism.[3]


  1. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998 pp. 23, 30
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar"
  3. See Wikipedia links