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penn is a Sindarin word meaning "slope". The plural form of penn is pinn or pind. The collective plural form is pennath (cf. -ath). A variant (dialectical or Gondor Sindarin) plural form is pinnath.[1][2]


In "Quendi and Eldar" appears a root PED ("slope, slant down"), although it only lists the Common Eldarin word pendā among its derivatives.[3]


penn, or pend, is a Noldorin word meaning "declivity".[4]


The word derives from root PEN, PÉNED.[4]


  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. 24
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 525 (citing from the Unfinished index)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: B. Meanings and use of the various terms applied to the Elves and their varieties in Quenya, Telerin, and Sindarin", p. 375
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 380