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Originated by the Sindar, but widely spoken in Middle-earth
Other Names
'(Language) of the Grey People'


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  • Updated 30 January 1998
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The tongue of the Grey-elves

The language of the Grey-elves of Beleriand and most commonly used of the Elf-tongues in Middle-earth. When the Noldor returned to Middle-earth at the beginning of the First Age, Thingol decreed that their tongue, Quenya, was not to be spoken in his realms. So the language of his people, Sindarin, came to dominate. Quenya, though, was still used as a language of ceremony and poetry.

Sindarin shared common roots with Quenya, and the two languages had many similar words. Sindarin was said to be more changeful than the older tongue, however, and there were a number of regional 'dialects' of the tongue. The Sindarin spoken in Doriath was said to be the highest and most noble form of the language.

See also...

Aduial, Alatáriel, Aldúya, Altáriel, Amon Anwar, Amon Uilos, Anarya, Ancient Speech, Ancient Tongue, Angerthas, Angerthas Daeron, Angrod, Annon-in-Gelydh, Anor, Artanis, [See the full list...]

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