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Quenya[edit | edit source]

foa is a Quenya word, which in a ca. 1968 text is said to mean "breath, puff of breath", deriving from the onomatopoetic Common Eldarin word phā.[1]

In a ca. 1959 text, Tolkien noted the root PHAW-, said to signify "emit (foul breath etc.)" and to have yielded the derivatives "phawalōkō > foalókë".[2]

Qenya[edit | edit source]

foa is a Qenya word meaning "hoard, treasure". It is found in the compound foalókë (foa + lókë).[3][4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part One" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 47, February 2005, pp. 35, 36
  2. 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. 181
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "Appendix: Names in the Lost Tales – Part II", p. 340
  4. 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)