I would like to explore ways to express "a small amount" in Quenya.
- a little of: to be used with uncountable nouns, this appears to be the most straightforward - probably níka/nitya/titta with a genitive will do the trick: titta neno
- few: this is trickier. We have nótime attested with the sense of "a countable number of, a few, some", and it would work well in certain contexts, less so in others. E.g. for a sentence like " only a few people we in the room" I am not sure nótime would cover it well. EQ has manka (https://eldamo.org/content/words/word-2603149029.html ), coming from MANGA "lacking", so perhaps in a late Quenya a word related to PEN would work.
- less (than): we could of course simply amplify: amtitta etc; another thought is to take a cue from amba coming from the amplifying root AMA - perhaps the opposite of it could be the deprivation root NEK which provides words like nehta-, nek-, -enka. Perhaps enka as a separate adverb could mean "less" and be the pair of ambe.