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RAN is a Common Eldarin root signifying "wander, stray, meander".[1] There is also an alternative form of the root, RĂNĂ, said to signify "wander".[2]


Other versions

In the Etymologies appears the Primitive Quendian root RAN ("wander, stray"). Among its derivatives are:[3]

  • Primitive Quendian: Ranā ("Moon")
  • Quenya: ranya- ("to stray"); ráne ("straying, wandering"); ránen ("errant")
  • Noldorin: rhenio ("to stray"); rhaun ("errant"); rhandir


  1. The "i" in (a)raniā has an inverted breve below: ̯.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Rivers and Beacon-hills of Gondor" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001, p. 13 (root appearing as "RAN")
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. 60
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 383
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part Two" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 46, July 2004, p. 10