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AWA is a Primitive Quendian root signifying "away, forth; out"[1] or "go, move (from speaker), go away, depart", "go, depart, pass away; go away"[2]. Its meaning is also given as referring to "movement away, viewed from the point of view of the thing, person, or place left" or "away from the speaker or the place of his thought".[3]


Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

In the Qenya Lexicon appears the root AVA-, signifying "go away, depart, leave".[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 349 (form appearing as "AWA-")
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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. 148 (form appearing as "√AWA, WĀ")
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: A. The principal linguistic elements concerned", pp. 360f., 364-7 (form appearing as "*AWA")
  4. 4.0 4.1 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. 6
  5. 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)