Q. Hávanissi coll. “Bread-woman”

Q. Hávanissi, coll. “Bread-woman”

A term for the women responsible for grinding flour and baking bread, a combination of háva “bread” and the plural of nissë “woman”, a notion tied to the mythical origin of lembas (NM/295). A similar term was Massánië “Breadgiver” (PM/404), but that was limited to noble elf women.

Reference ✧ NM/295 ✧ hávanissi “Bread-woman”

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háva “bread (collective)” ✧ NM/295
nís “woman” plural