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Q. massánië n. “Lady, breadgiver” (Category: Bread)

Q. massánië, n. “Lady, breadgiver” (Category: Bread)

A title for noble Elvish women as the keeper of the recipe for lembas (PM/404), a compound of Q. massa “bread” and an abstract form of anta- “give”. Christopher Tolkien suggested this term was probably inspired by the etymology of the English word “Lady”, derived from Old English “hlæfdige” meaning “kneader of bread” (PM/405 note #1).

Reference ✧ PM/404 ✧ “Lady, breadgiver”



#massa “bread”
anta- “to give, present; †to add to” gerund