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Race
Other names
Elvish; Eldarin (an approximately equivalent term, although strictly Eldarin excludes the languages of the Avari), Elven-tongue

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Elf-speech

The languages of the Elves

Primitive
Elvish
Eldarin
Tongues of
the Avari
Quenya
Telerin
Sindarin
Nandorin
Silvan
dialects

A rare term essentially equivalent to 'Elvish', as a reference to any of the languages of the Elves. It applied equally to the High-elven Quenya tongue (of which it is said that Frodo Baggins knew a little) and to the Sindarin language that was most widely used in Middle-earth, as well as to other less common dialects of Elvish.


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