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nér (pl. neri) means "man" in Quenya, referring to an adult male – elf, mortal, or of other speaking race.[1][2][3]


From PQ nere, nēr (root NÊR)[4].

The CE form ndæ^r from PQ ndere/ndêro "bridegroom" (from root N-DER) is also given[5]

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Nér (and its ancient form Ndér has similarities with several Indo-European words for "man, husband, mister". In Albanian it's njer, in Ancient Greek ανήρ (a-nér), stem ανδρ- (andr-). In Sanskrit it's nara.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: Laws and Customs among the Eldar", p. 213
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Three" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 49, June 2007, p. 17
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part One" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 45, November 2003, p. 9
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language'", p. 393
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 352, 354