Nen (river in Valinor)

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This article is about a river in the early legendarium. For the the Sindarin word, see nen.

Nen was the name of a great river of Valinor, according to the early version of the legendarium associated with The Book of Lost Tales.[1] Nothing else is known about it, nor there is a equivalent river in the later legendarium.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name Nen is in Qenya. It means "river, water".[2]

In the Qenya Lexicon appears the root NENE ("flow?"), from which the word nen is derived from.[3]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Sí Qente Feanor and Other Elvish Writings", in Parma Eldalamberon XV (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 14
  2. Paul Strack, "ᴱQ. nen (nend-) n.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 11 April 2022)
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p. 65