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nwalme (earlier pronounced ngwalme or ŋwalme[note 1]) is a Quenya noun meaning "torment".[1]

Nwalme is also the name in Quenya of the twentieth letter of the Tengwar alphabet.[1] It is the fourth letter of the fifth grade or Tyellë, which contains "nasal" consonants and it is the fifth letter in the fourth series of consonants. For written Quenya or Sindarin, the fourth series is used for labialized or kw-series, the Quessetéma, and Nwalme represents NGW or ŊW. In Westron the fourth series is used for the k-series, the Calmatéma, and this letter represents NG or Ŋ.[2] The Westron name for this letter is Ngá.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The word derives from the Primitive Quendian root ÑGWAL.[4]

[edit] See Also


  1. Helge Fauskanger has suggested that the forms nwalmë/ngwalmë (retaining the same meaning) could be valid Neo-Quenya; see Quettaparma Quenyallo (Quenya Wordlists (accessed 29 November 2010).


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters", Note, The names of the letters
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters"
  3. See Westron Tengwar
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", ÑGWAL-