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Sundóma is the Quenya name of the central radical vowel in a sundo, an etymological root.

In the process of a language, the sundóma took part in the following phenomena:

prefixing to a sundo its sundóma, usually together with its lengthening either in the first or in the last position.
A infixion
adding an a before the sundóma I creating an ohlon (diphthong):
I/Y infixion
putting an i/y after the sundóma creating an ohlon (less frequently occured than the previous one):

[edit] Etymology

The word sundóma means "root-vowel",[1] from sundo "root" and óma "voice".[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 105
  2. Helge Fauskanger, "Quettaparma Quenyallo", Ardalambion (accessed 22 January 2022)