√KWAR root. “press together, squeeze, wring, clench; clenched hand, fist”
This root was the basis for Elvish “fist” words, most notably in S. Celebrimbor “Silver-fist” (PE17/42). It first appeared as ᴹ√KWAR “clutching hand, fist” in The Etymologies of the 1930s with derivatives ᴹQ. qár(e) and N. paur of similar meaning (Ety/KWAR), replacing a rejected entry where the gloss was “palm of hand” (EtyAC/KWAR). These derivatives and this root appeared regularly in Tolkien’s later writings, where the root had glosses like “squeeze, clench” (PE17/42), “press together, squeeze, wring” (PM/318), and “clenched hand, fist” (VT47/22).
References ✧ PE17/42, 158; PM/318; VT47/8, 22
ᴹ√KWAR root. “clutching hand, fist”
References ✧ Ety/DARÁM, KWAR; EtyAC/KWAR