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TAW, or TAWA, is a Primitive Quendian root signifying "wood".[1][2]


  • Quenya: töa ("wood as material"); tauka ("stiff, wooden"); toina ("wood - of material" or "wooden of make")[1]
  • Sindarin: taw ("wood as material"); tāva ("great tree"); tawen, tewin ("wood - of material" or "wooden of make"); taug ("firm, strong")[1]

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

In the Qenya Lexicon appears the root TAVA, signifying "beam".[3] In the Etymologies appears the root TÁWAR-, signifying "wood, forest".[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 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), pp. 115, 187 (root appearing as "√TAW-")
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "From Quendi and Eldar, Appendix D" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998, p. 7 (root appearing as "*TAWA")
  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)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 391
The Sundocarme "Large & Small" Group
 BEL, MBEL ("large") · KHAWA · PEYE · (POL) · TAW ("wood") · TUR ("strong, mighty") · YAN ("wide")