Tolkien Gateway

Tolkien Gateway is 10 years old. Sign up today to edit TG and help us grow for years to come.


Revision as of 20:54, 8 November 2012 by Mith (Talk | contribs)

russa is a Quenya adjective which means "red-haired" or "russet". The plural form is russë[source?].


It obviously derives from a root *RUS-. See RUSKĀ[1]


See also


The word russa represents the color called "russet" in English, which derives from the Latin word russus "red". Although we can't know if the similarities between the Quenya word and russet/russus were intentional by Tolkien, it is possible that they are.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 385