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tasar n."willow, willow-tree", pl. tasari, alternate form tasarë (TATHAR, Etymologies 437)

Singular Plural Partitive Pl. Dual
Nominative tasar, tasarë tasari tasalli, tasareli tasart, tasaret
Accusative -, tasaré tasari tasallí, tasarelí -
Dative tasarn, tasaren tasarin tasallin, tasarelin tasarnt, tasarent
Possessive tasarwa, tasareva tasariva tasallíva, tasarelíva tasartwa, tasaretwa
Genitive tasaro tasarion tasallion, tasarelion tasarto, tasareto
Allative tasarenna tasarinnar, tasarennar tasallinnar, tasarelinnar tasarnta, tasarenta
Ablative tasarello tasarillon tasallillon, tasarelillon tasallto, tasarelto
Locative tasaressë tasarissen tasallissen, tasarelissen tasaretsë
Instrumental tasarnen, tasarenen tasarinen tasallínen, tasarelínen tasarenten


A point of interest concerning tasar is its usage in two Lord of the Rings-era compounds; they appear in a verse related by Fangorn, or Treebeard, the Ent:
In the willow-meads of Tasarinan I walked in the Spring.
Ah! the sight and the smell of the Spring in Nan-tasarion!
And I said that was good.
The word tasari is clearly visible in the first compound, where it is coupled with the element nan# "woodland" (LT:261) also of clear relation to Q nanda "water-mead" and S nand, nann "grassland" (NAD, Etymologies 417). The place name Tasarinan clearly corresponds with the preceding phrase "willow-meads". The other construction is again of the element nan, here prefixed to the genitive plural of tasar: tasarion. It means, roughly, "mead/plain of willows".

# The word nan has the stem nand-, which manifests in declension and compounds in which it is the first element; I will frequently make reference to this phenomenon, called stem variation, with he pound (#) sign.
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