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Quenya numbers

otso is the Quenya word for the number seven.


It comes from the PQ root OTOS/OTOK[1]

Other forms

See also



Otso is one of the many words for karhu ('bear') in Finnish. Karhu is also the name of the frequent polar bear character in The Father Christmas Letters which Tolkien wrote to his children during the years 1920-1943[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, The Etymologies, OT
  2. W.G. Hammond - C. Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, Boston - New York 1995, 69, fig. 66