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Monday, July 23, 2007

Elves--Tolkien--Languages of the Elves

Tolkien created many languages for Elves. His interest was primarily philological, and he said his stories grew out of his languages. Indeed, the languages were the first thing Tolkien ever created for his mythos, starting with what he originally called "Qenya", the first primitive form of Elvish. This was later called Quenya (High-elven) and, along with Sindarin (Grey-elven), is one of the two most complete of Tolkien's languages. In addition to these two he also created several other (partially derived) languages.

In Tolkien's mythology, these languages originated as follows:
Primitive Quendian (language of the Elves in Cuiviénen)
Various Avarin languages (some later merged with Nandorin)
Common Eldarin (the early language of all the Eldar)
Quenya (the language of the Noldor and the Vanyar)
Vanyarin Quenya (also Quendya) (daily tongue of the Vanyar: closest to archaic Quenya)
Noldorin Quenya (later also Exilic Quenya) (the "Elven Latin" of Middle-earth)
Common Telerin (the early language of all the Lindar)
Telerin (the language of the
Teleri who reached the Undying Lands, sometimes considered a dialect of Quenya)
Nandorin (languages of the
Nandor — some were influenced by Avarin)
Original language of
Greenwood the Great
Original language of
Sindarin (language of the Sindar)
Doriathrin (dialect of Doriath)
Falathrin (dialect of the Falas and Nargothrond, from which the Sindarin of the Third Age was mostly derived)
North Sindarin (dialects of Dorthonion and Hithlum)
Tolkien also created the
Tengwar and Cirth scripts for his languages.
A special thanks to J.R.R. Tolkien and Wikipedia

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