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AYA(R) is a Primitive Quendian root signifying "sea".[1]

Other versions of the Lengedarium[edit]

In the Etymologies appears the root ÁYAR-, AIR- (with an inverted breve below on the "I") signifying "sea, only used of the inner seas of Middle-earth", derived from root AY-. The root yields the Quenya derivatives ear (earen), aire (airen), and Noldorin oear, oer.[2][3]

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  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. 149 (form appearing as "√AYA(R)")
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 349
  3. 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