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hosta is a Quenya word with two different meanings depending if used as a noun or a verb.

hosta1[edit | edit source]

Noun “large number”[1]

hosta-2[edit | edit source]

Verb "gather, collect, assemble"[2][3]

Example[edit | edit source]

  • Tar-Hostamir = can be interpreted as "Many Jewels" or "Collector of Jewels".[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays, "A Secret Vice", p. 223
  3. 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. 39
  4. Paul Strack, "Q. Hostamir m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 4 May 2019)