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hantalë (or hantale) is a Quenya noun meaning "Thanksgiving". Note that the word only appears in the compuound Eruhantalë ("Thanksgiving to Eru").[1][2][3]


The word obviously contains the suffix -le which is typically used to derive nouns from verbs.[4] If so, the core of the word is a possible verb *hanta- "give thanks" to which -le is suffixed.

The words hantale and *hanta- possibly derive from the root HAN "increase, honor".[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "A Description of the Island of Númenor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife"
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "'Words of Joy': Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya — Part One" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 43, January 2002 p. 14
  4. Helge Kåre Fauskanger, "Quenya affixes" at Ardalambion