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már (pl. mardi)[1][2] and its alternative forms -mar, -bar, means "house, home, dwelling, family" in Quenya.

It also refers to a "House" as in "family line, dynasty" (cf. Mardil Voronwë), or poetically to the world (cf. Ambar).


From root MBAR "dwelling, habitation".[3]

The hyphen indicates that the last letter was a short vowel but we cannot know which, since it was lost in Quenya.[source?]

Other forms

  • Mardello "from home" (poet. "World")


See also


  1. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 46, July 2004, p. 13
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p.64
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies"


The above article suggests that már (mard-) is one word that refers to "home, family" and poetically to the "world" (Ambar).[source?]

Helge Fauskanger believes that már is unlikely to have the stem-form mard- and that the above word is actually two words: már (mar-) for "home, house", whereas mar (mard-) for "earth, world".