RUSKĀ is a Primitive Quendian root given no signification, except from what can be determined from its derivatives.
The related Quenya words russa "red-haired" and russe "(a head or pelt of) red hair" show derivation from another, more basic root *RUS, of which RUSKĀ is obviously an extended form.
Tolkien translates the Quenya word russa as "russet". The English word russet derives from Latin russus "reddish".
There is a possibility that the similarities of both form and sense between the Elvish root and English/Latin words is intentional.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", p. 385 (root appearing as "RUSKĀ-")
- ↑ Vinyar Tengwar, Number 41, July 2000
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth pp.353-354