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karma is a Quenya word for "helm".[1][2] In the orthography used in The Lord of the Rings, karma would probably be written carma, since Tolkien usually represented the [k]-sound with the letter "c".

It often appears as -car (or -kar) in compounds.[2]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "IX. The Making of Appendix A": (i) "The Realms in Exile", p. 260
  2. 2.0 2.1 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. 114