From Tolkien Gateway

kes- is a Quenya word meaning "to search (for something), to examine (something) in order to find (something)".[1] It has been suggested that the regularized spelling would be ces- according to the Quenya of The Lord of the Rings.[2]




  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. 156
  2. Petri Tikka, "Quenya words in Parma Eldalambaron 17" at Men Eldalambínen (accessed 9 January 2010)