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The Afterborn

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While in Aman, the Noldor learned of the foretold coming of Men, a race that were accounted Children of Ilúvatar like themselves, but would have a different fate. At that time, even before the first Men had awakened in the World, the Noldor began to devise names for them. As the Elves were the Firstborn Children of Ilúvatar (the Minnónar, as they called themselves) so one of the titles of Men that they devised was 'Afterborn', or Apanónar in the Quenya tongue. By the time the Noldor eventually encountered Men for the first time in Beleriand centuries later, the name Apanónar had become part of ancient lore and was rarely used in daily speech.

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