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Quenya numbers

yunque is the number twelve (12) in Quenya.[1][2]



It is a composite from + ence "double six". PQ form given also as yu-(e)neke > yunuk(w)[3] > yunke.

Note that both ence and yunce were later changed to enque and yunque due to the influence of minquë. After that, yunque is perceived as yú + enque


Other versions

An earlier word for "twelve" was rasta[4] seen in the word yúrasta "24; double-12".

It was also supported by the stem RÁSAT[5]


  1. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 47, February 2005
  2. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005
  3. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 42, July 2001 p.24, 31
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Early Qenya and The Valmaric Script", in Parma Eldalamberon XIV (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 17, note 6.
  5. Ardalambion, Quenya numbers