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LAW (also appearing in the extended form LAWAR) is a Primitive Quendian root signifying the golden colour.[1]


  • Common Eldarin: lawā ("growing, blooming...used for a sun-year")
    • Quenya: löa ("growing, blooming...used for a sun-year")
  • Quenya: löar, lávar ("(golden) blossom"); laure ("golden colour of sunshine or golden flowers")
  • Sindarin: glawar, glaur-

Other versions

In the Qenya Lexicon appear the roots LAURE ("gold") and LAWA ("have life...but used of a vegetable").[2]

In the Etymologies appears the roots LÁWAR- (Noldorin alteration: GLÁWAR-), from which derives Primitive Quendian *laurē ("(light of the golden Tree Laurelin) gold [the colour, cf. SMAL]".[3][4]

See also


  1. 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. 159 (roots appearing as "√LAW-" and "LAWAR-")
  2. 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)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", pp. 358, 368
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Addenda and Corrigenda to the Etymologies — Part One" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter and Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 45, November 2003, p. 26