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nai is a Quenya word. It can mean perhaps, "may", "maybe", "be it that".[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Verb na and article i.

Example[edit | edit source]

  • nai elyë hiruva = "maybe even thou shalt find it"[2]
  • nai Eru tye mánata = "God bless you"[1]

See also[edit | edit source]


  1. 1.0 1.1 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. 75
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann, The Road Goes Ever On, "Namárië (Farewell)", line 17