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This article is about the Sindarin word. For the river in the early legendarium, see Nen (river in Valinor).

nen is a Sindarin noun meaning "water" (being used for a small body of water like a lake, pool, lesser river, or tributary).[1][2][3]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

In The Etymologies, Noldorin nen derives from the root NEN.[4]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entry nen
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, pp. 327-328
  3. 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. 77 (form appearing as "nĕn")
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entry "NEN"