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KEN is an Elvish root signifying "see, perceive, note".[1][2]


  • Quenya: kenda- ("intensive watch, sc. not' guard' but observe for some time (to gain information etc.). Often used for 'reading'")[1][2]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 156, 187 (root appearing as √KEN)
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Etymological Notes on the Ósanwe-kenta" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 41, July 2000, p. 5 (root appearing as √ken)