quessë is a noun meaning "feather" in Quenya.
is also the name in Quenya of the fourth letter of the Tengwar
It is the fourth letter of the first grade or Tyellë
, which contains "voiceless stops" and it is the first letter in the fourth series of consonants. For written Quenya or Sindarin
, the fourth series is used for the labialized k
-series, the Quessetéma
, and Quessë
(which may be transcribed in English as QU
). In Westron
the fourth series is used for the k
-series, the Calmatéma
, and this letter K
or "hard" C'
The Westron name for this letter is Cá
The word derives from the Primitive Quendian root KWES.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix E, "Writing", "The Fëanorian Letters"
- ↑ See Westron Tengwar
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", KWES-