"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 3Three is Company
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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