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KARAK is a Primitive Quendian root signifying "sharp fang, spike, tooth".[1]

A rejected version read: "KARAK- tooth, spike, peak. Q karka".[2]



  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 362 (root appearing as "KARAK-")
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part One" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 45, November 2003, p. 19