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taure is a Quenya word meaning "forest".[1][2][3][4]

It has been suggested that a standardized spelling of the word would be taurë.[5][6]




Other versions of the legendarium

In the Etymologies, Quenya taure is glossed as "great wood, forest".[7]


  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. 115
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "From Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998, p. 7
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 230, (dated 8 June 1961)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Nancy Smith, "Index questions" (quoted in Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 385)
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names" (the note "[Sindarin] taur 'wood, forest' (Quenya taurë)" is likely an editorial suggestion by Christopher Tolkien)
  6. Helge Fauskanger, "Quettaparma Quenyallo" (accessed 27 February 2011)
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 391 (root TÁWAR-)