Tolkien Gateway


TEK is a Primitive Quendian root signifying "sign; make a written mark". The root is related to TEÑ.[1]

[edit] Derivatives

"...It is a long tale..." — Aragorn
This article or section needs expansion and/or modification. Please help the wiki by expanding it.

[edit] Other versions

In the Etymologies appears the root TEK- ("make a mark, write or draw (signs or letters)"), given several derivatives:[2]

  • Quenya: teke ("writes"); tehta ("a mark (in writing), sign, diacritic"); tengwanda ("alphabet"); tenkele ("writing system, spelling"); tekko ("stroke of pen or brush")
  • Noldorin: teihto ("write"); teith ("mark"); tîw ("letter"); tegl, tegol ("pen")

In the Qenya Lexicon appears the root TEKE ("make marks").[3][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 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), pp. 43-44, 187 (root appearing as "√TEK" and "TEK-")
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", p. 391 (root appearing as "TEK-")
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Qenyaqetsa: The Qenya Phonology and Lexicon", in Parma Eldalamberon XII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne)