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Quenya


Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

Date: 1955

Type: Other


Sample Translation
Elen síla lumenn' omentielvo. A star shines on the hour of our meeting.

Sample (Lords Prayer)
Átarema i ëa han ëa, na aire esselya, aranielya na tuluva, na care indómelya cemende tambe Erumande.

Miscellaneous Information:

When he discovered Finnish as a student at Oxford, he said, “It was like discovering a wine-cellar filled with bottles of amazing wine of a kind and flavour never tasted before. It quite intoxicated me.” He began to construct his own language around the aspects of Finnish that inspired him, and as he worked on it, he began to develop a history and mythology for the language as well. His method of language construction was less a process of premeditated invention than a discovery. He would try out sounds and words until they seemed “right,” and to know what was right, he felt the need to know something about the hypothetical people who spoke the language. His Finnish-inspired language would later evolve into Quenya, one of the languages of the Elves in The Lord of the Rings.


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