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an is a preposition meaning "to, towards, for" in Sindarin. In Quenya the preposition means "for" or "because".[1]

When used as a prefix, an- means "by" or "with" in Sindarin.

In Adûnaic an- or 'n- means "of"


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Donald Swann, The Road Goes Ever On, "Namárië (Farewell)", line 9