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TIR is an Elvish root signifying "watch, observe",[1] "to look at (towards), watch, watch over",[2] or "watch, guard"[3].


Other versions of the legendarium

The Qenya Lexicon includes the stem TIRI, with the Qenya derivative tiri- ("watch; keep, guard, preserve, look at, gaze at, observe").[4]

See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 187 (root appearing as √TIR)
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Notes and Translations", in The Road Goes Ever On (J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann), p. 73 (root appearing as TIR)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 394 (root appearing as TIR-)
  4. 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)