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The name ten refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see ten (disambiguation).

TEÑ is a Primitive Quendian root signifying "show, sign, indicate, signify, to point at".[1][2] The root is related to TEK ("sign").[2]

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Note that the roots TEÑ1 and TEÑ2, with different significations, appear in the Etymologies.[3]

In the Qenya Lexicon appears the root TEŊE ("know, understand").[4][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language'", p. 394 (root appearing as "*TEÑ")
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 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), pp. 44, 187 (root appearing as "√TEÑ")
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", pp. 391-2
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne)