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Dates
Used during the time Númenor existed, II 32 - II 3319 (in common use for 3,267 years)
Location
Origins
Evolved from the old tongue used by the Men of the House of Hador
Race
Division
Culture
Pronunciation
noomeno'ree-an
Meaning
'(Language) of Númenor'
Other names
Note
Not to be confused with the version of Sindarin that was spoken in Númenor, which was known as Númenórean Sindarin

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Númenórean

A name for the Adûnaic language

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Elvish sources
Taliska
Númenórean
(Adûnaic)
Westron

The evolution of the Númenórean tongue, also known as Adûnaic. Taliska was the native language of the Edain, derived ultimately from Elvish, but distinct from the Elvish languages in use in Beleriand during the First Age. The languages of the Northmen and thus the Rohirrim also developed from this source, explaining their similarity to Westron as noted in The Lord of the Rings.

An alternative and less common name for Adûnaic, the native tongue of the people of Númenor.


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