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Q. anto n. “mouth” (Category: Mouth)

Q. anto, n. “mouth [as a thing for eating]; ⚠️[ᴱQ.] jaw” (Category: Mouth)

The basic Quenya word for “mouth”, appearing as the name of tengwa #13 (4) in The Lord of the Rings Appendix E (LotR/1123). It is likely derived from the root √MAT “eat” from primitive *amtō, and hence refers to the mouth as a thing for eating. Quenya has a number of other more specialized words for the mouth, however, such as Q. for the closed mouth, Q. ópa for the mouth opening, Q. songa for the interior of the mouth and Q. náva for the entire mouth apparatus (tongue, lips and teeth) used for speech.

Conceptual Development: ᴹQ. anto “mouth” first appeared in notes on The Feanorian Alphabet from the 1940s, where it replaced ᴹQ. anta “jaws” (PE22/50 note #50). In the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s, ᴱQ. anto (antu-) was itself glossed “jaw” and was based on the early root ᴱ√MATA “eat” (QL/31, 59).

Reference ✧ LotR/1123 ✧ “mouth”

Element In


ᴹQ. anto¹ n. “mouth” (Category: Mouth)

See Q. anto for discussion.

Reference ✧ PE22/50 ✧ anto “mouth”

ᴱQ. anto (antu-) n. “jaw” (Category: Jaw)

See Q. anto for discussion.

References ✧ PME/31; QL/31, 59





antŭ- stem ✧ QL/31


Phonetic Developments

ᴱ√MATA > anto [ṃtu] > [ṇtu] > [ṇto] > [anto] ✧ QL/31