From Tolkien Gateway

plata is a Telerin word meaning "flat of the hand, the hand held upwards or forwards, flat and tensed (with fingers and thumb closed or spread). The significance of this was that it was a common way of saying "there is no weapon in my hand"."[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

It derives from Primitive Elvish paláta Root PAL

Cognates[edit | edit source]

Other versions[edit | edit source]

palata appears as is a struck out form of the word in Tolkien's notes.


  1. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 47, February 2005, p.8-9