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Dated back to the Years of the Trees
From an original form Quendya, the language 'of the Quendi'
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The ancient and noble tongue of the High Elves

"Utúlie'n aurë! Aiya Eldalië ar Atanatári, utúlie'n aurë!"
Fingon's war-cry beneath Ered Wethrin, in Quenya,
from Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad

The tongue of the High Elves in Valinor, the first to be recorded in writing. It was never widely used in Middle-earth except among the Noldor; the related Eldarin language, Sindarin, was more commonly spoken.

By the Third Age, Quenya had become, in Middle-earth, a language used only on formal or state occasions by the Elves and the descendants of the Númenóreans.

See also...

Aduial, Ainulindalë, Aldëa, Aldudénië, Aldúya, Altáriel, Amon Uilos, Anarya, Ancient Speech, Ancient Tongue, Anor, Apanónar, Ar-Abattârik, Ar-Inziladûn, Araw, [See the full list...]

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