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kesta is a Quenya word meaning "to seek, search for".[1] It has been suggested that the regularized spelling would be cesta- according to the Quenya of The Lord of the Rings.[2]




  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), p. 156
  2. Petri Tikka, "Quenya words in Parma Eldalambaron 17" at Men Eldalambínen (accessed 9 January 2010)