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axan

Axan (pl. axani) is a Quenya noun meaning "law, rule, commandment, primarily proceeding from Eru".[1]

[edit] Etymology

It is said to derive from Valarin akašân meaning "He says".[2]

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[edit] Inspiration

axan is similar to the ancient Greek word ἄναξ (wanakts, anax) meaning "ruler, lord, king". The Valarin form akašân, in the meantime, resembles the word akasha, the aether in Hindu cosmology and mysticism.[3]

[edit] References

  1. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 39, July 1998 pp. 23, 30
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Appendix D. *Kwen, Quenya, and the Elvish (especially Ñoldorin) words for 'Language': Note on the 'Language of the Valar'", p. 399
  3. See Wikipedia links