From Tolkien Gateway

quenta is a Quenya word translated as "account, narrative, story".[1]


The word derives from the PQ noun *kwentâ < root KWET.[2]



Quenta is also the past participle of the verb quet- "speak", meaning "said". It is seen in several compounds.



In Spanish cuento means "story".


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "From Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D: Appendix: Noldorin words for Language" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998, p. 16
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"
  3. 3.0 3.1 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)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "'Words of Joy': Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 44, June 2002, pp. 5, 10-11