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The name Men refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Men (disambiguation).

MEN is a Primitive Quendian root signifying "go",[1] or "move, proceed (in a direction intended by a person)",[2] or "have as object, (in)tend, proceed, make for, go towards, go".[3]

In his notes on a poem in The Road Goes Ever On, Tolkien gave the form men ("direction, region"). It was from this men + el which was invented the Quenya word Menel.[4] It is not known with certainty if men here refers to a Primitive Quendian word (cf. Men (Elvish)#Elvish) or to a root.

[edit] Derivatives

  • menta ("send, cause to go, (in a desired direction)"[2]
  • mēn- ("a way, a going, a mov[ement]")[3]

[edit] Other versions

In the Etymologies appears the root MEN-, with the Quenya derivatives men ("place, spot") and ména ("region").[5]

[edit] See also


  1. Editor Patrick H. Wynne links mene ("goes") to the root MEN ("go"). Cf. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part One" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 47, February 2005, pp. 11, 30 (note 44).

[edit] References

  1. Bill Welden, "Negation in Quenya", in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 32 (root appearing as "√men")
  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. 6 (root appearing as "√men")
  3. 3.0 3.1 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. 165 (root appearing as "√MEN" and "√MEN-"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Notes and Translations", in The Road Goes Ever On (J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann), p. 72
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 372