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quár is a Quenya word meaning "fist", as in a hand clenched around a tool or implement.[1][2]

Helge Fauskanger has suggested the Neo-Quenya form quárë.[3]


The word quár is a descendant form of Primitive Quendian kwāră, deriving from root KWAR.[1][2]



Other versions

A rejected form of the word was quáre (changed by Tolkien to quár).[2]

In the Etymologies appears the forms qár ("hand"; ?pl. qari), and qáre ("fist"), deriving from root KWAR ("clutching hand, fist").[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Of Dwarves and Men", p. 318 (note 7)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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. 8, 22 (note 21)
  3. Helge Kåre Fauskanger, "English-Quenya Wordlist (Quettaparma Quenyanna)" at Ardalambion (accessed 25 June 2011)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 366