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Quenya numbers

otso is the Quenya word for the number seven.

[edit] Etymology

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

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[edit] Inspiration

Otso is one of the many words for karhu ("bear") in Finnish. Karhu is also the name of the frequent North Polar Bear character in Letters from Father Christmas, 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. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull, J.R.R. Tolkien: Artist & Illustrator, p. 69, fig. 66