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lókë is a noun meaning "snake, serpent" in Quenya.[1]

The (Qenya) form lóke (-ī) ("dragon") also appears.[2] In earlier manuscripts appear the forms lókë ("drake")[3] and lōke ("dragon")[4].

It has been suggested that the spelling according to the Quenya style of The Lord of the Rings would be lócë, meaning "dragon, snake, serpent, drake".[5]


It is derived from the Elvish root LOK.[2][6]


See also



  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry lok- (glossed as (h)lókë)
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 370
  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 (entry Foalókë)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "I-Lam na-Ngoldathon: The Grammar and Lexicon of the Gnomish Tongue", in Parma Eldalamberon XI (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 74 (entry ulug)
  5. Helge Fauskanger, Quettaparma Quenyallo (accessed 9 December 2010)
  6. 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. 160