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WOR

WOR is an Elvish root signifying "express, cause to exude (by pressure)" and is an element in the word miruvor.[1][2]

Note that the root appears to have been rejected by J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote that "this is false etymology [...] there was not in fact any word wor- in Elvish, Quenya or Sindarin."[1] One can interpret Tolkien's note in several ways:

  • The Elves falsely thought that the latter elements of miruvórë/miruvor derived from a presumed root WOR.
  • Tolkien altogether removed the root WOR (and its relation to miruvórë/miruvor) from the legendarium .

[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 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. 38
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 191