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NEK is an Elvish root, with two different meanings.

[edit] NEK1

Meaning: "deprive"[1]:167, "divide, part, separate"[2]

  • Quenya: nehta- "deprive"; nehtanō "one deprived, exile whose rights and goods have been confiscated"; -enca and nec- "without, -less"
  • Sindarin: neithan (cognate of nehtanō)

[edit] NEK2

Meaning: "narrow"[3]

  • Common Eldarin: nek-tē
    • Quenya: nehte "angle", nerca, nexa "sharp, angular", nekel "a thorn"
    • Sindarin: neith, naith "angle",[1]:55 "a spearhead, gore, wedge, narrow promontory"[3], neg(e)n "sharp, angular"



  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)
  2. Vinyar Tengwar, Number 47, February 2005, p. 16
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The Disaster of the Gladden Fields", p. 282