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senya or senwa in Quenya means "usual".[1]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The etymology of senya/senwa is unknown. Patrick H. Wynne has suggested that it contains the verbal stem sen "let loose, free, let go".[1]

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Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]

senya also appears in the chapter The Disaster of the Gladden Fields, although unglossed.[2] It has been suggested that it could mean "my son", as it is spoken by Isildur in response to his son Elendur's use of the word atarinya, or "my father".[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Three" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 49, June 2007, pp. 5, 22
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields"
  3. "(Untitled page)" dated 6 September 2013, University of Arda (accessed 10 July 2015)