Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. Gen 1:2
The primitive root
Strong’s H8414 תהו tohu, from an unused primitive root meaning, “to lie waste.” The ancient pictographs are tav + hey + vav.
tav ת = crossed sticks, thus mark, sign, signal, monument
hey ה = man with upraised arms, thus look, reveal, wonder, worship, breath
vav ו = the tent peg, thus add, secure, hook
The story being told is of marked (tav) astonishment (hey) connected (vav) with a thing. To look at something without form and desolate is to feel marked astonishment in connection with it.