Quenya, or High-elven, is a language developed in Valinor and spoken, according to Tolkien’s last conceptions, by the Vanyar and Ñoldor Elves. The latter when they went into exile from Valinor brought it into Middle-earth, where it acquired some peculiarities. To this Exilic Ñoldorin dialect belongs most of our Quenya evidence. Quenya soon ceased to be a daily language in Middle-earth: the Ñoldor, that were a minority compared to the Sindar in Beleriand, took on Sindarin instead, and king Elu Thingol of Doriath finally forbade the Sindar to use Quenya after he learnt that the Ñoldor had slaughtered the Teleri, their kinfolk, at Alqualondë. Quenya nevertheless remained in use among the Ñoldor as a cultured and ceremonious language. It was also known and practised by the Númenoreans in the same circumstances.
– Pater noster
, final version
published in Vinyar Tengwar
– Ave Maria
, final version published in Vinyar Tengwar
Alcar i Ataren
– Unfinished version of the Gloria
, published in Vinyar Tengwar
– Sub tuum praesidium
version published in Vinyar Tengwar
Alcar mi Tarmenel na Erun
– Gloria in excelsis Deo
(beginning), text reconstituted after Tolkien’s drafts, published in Vinyar Tengwar
– Galadriel’s lament in Lórien. The Lord
of the Rings
, book II, chapter 8 & The Road Goes Ever On
A preparatory version in Qenya
can also be found on this
. Last of the five versions of the poem, all of them published in Parma Eldalamberon
n° 16 pp. 88-97. An earlier version
in Qenya, first published in The Monsters and the Critics
pp. 215-216, can also be found on this website.
– The Ark
. Last version of a poeam published in The
Monsters and the Critics
, pp. 221-222. The previous versions I
in Qenya can also
be found on this website.
– Aragorn’s outcry at finding out the sapling of the White Tree. The Lord of the Rings
, book VI, chapter 5.
– Sentence published in Vinyar Tengwar
– Sentences published in Vinyar
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