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RUSKĀ is a Primitive Quendian root given no signification, except from what can be determined from its derivatives.[1]

[edit] Derivatives

[edit] Other etymologies

The related Quenya words russa "red-haired" and russe "(a head or pelt of) red hair" show derivation from another, more basic root *RUS, of which RUSKĀ is obviously an extended form.

[edit] Inspiration

Tolkien translates the Quenya word russa as "russet"[3]. The English word russet derives from Latin russus "reddish".

There is a possibility that the similarities of both form and sense between the Elvish root and English/Latin words is intentional.

[edit] See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 385 (root appearing as "RUSKĀ-")
  2. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 41, July 2000
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth pp.353-354