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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
Eldarin
The Ancient Speech
(Quenya)
Telerin
Sindarin
Nandorin

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.


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High Speech

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