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Ancient Speech

The tongue of the High Elves

"Elen síla lúmenn' omentielvo"
'A star shines on the hour of our meeting'
Frodo's greeting to Gildor Inglorion in the Ancient Speech
from The Fellowship of the Ring I 3
Three is Company
The Ancient Speech

A name for the ancient Elvish language properly known as Quenya, which was spoken in the West by the Vanyar and the Noldor. It returned to Middle-earth with the Noldor, but King Thingol (whose people spoke the Sindarin tongue) forbade its use in his realms. Thus in Middle-earth the Ancient Speech was rarely used as a living tongue, but was rather the province of scholars and historians.

See also...

High Speech

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