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Men (Elvish)

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men is a Quenya word that means

  1. (noun) way, place, spot[1]
  2. (verb) to go (as far as), arrive[2]


PQ root MEN


Other versions

Tolkien first noted the verb as ten, before amending the first consonant. In those notes he pointed the following forms

  • tene (aorist) "goes"
  • tenin (aorist) "I go"
  • téna (present) "is coming to an end"
  • tenne (past + locative) "arrived, reached"
  • tenuva (future) will arrive
  • eténie (perfect) "has just arrived"


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, The Etymologies
  2. Vinyar Tengwar 47 p.11
  3. Parma Eldalamber 17 p.166