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'''Qenya''' (pronounced [KWEN-ya])<ref>[[John D. Rateliff]], [[Jason Fisher]], [[Patrick H. Wynne]], et al. (mailing list discussion), "a quick question" (#[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mythsoc/message/24071 24071] and related messages; dated 29 January 2013), [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mythsoc/ Mytsoc mailing list] (accessed 30 January 2012)</ref> was the original name of the High-Elven tongue which gradually would change into [[Quenya]] of the ''[[The Lord of the Rings|Lord of the Rings]]''.  
 
'''Qenya''' (pronounced [KWEN-ya])<ref>[[John D. Rateliff]], [[Jason Fisher]], [[Patrick H. Wynne]], et al. (mailing list discussion), "a quick question" (#[http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mythsoc/message/24071 24071] and related messages; dated 29 January 2013), [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mythsoc/ Mytsoc mailing list] (accessed 30 January 2012)</ref> was the original name of the High-Elven tongue which gradually would change into [[Quenya]] of the ''[[The Lord of the Rings|Lord of the Rings]]''.  
  
In the earliest versions of the [[legendarium]], Qenya (as every [[Elvish]] language) belonged to the [[Oromëan|Oromean]] phylum, derived from the language [[Oromë|Orome]] taught the [[Quendi]]. It was the language of the First Tribe of the [[Elves]], the [[Lindar]] ([[Vanyar]] in the later legendarium) and for this it was also called '''Lindarin'''.<ref>{{LR|Lhammas}}</ref> In Gnomish the name of the language was '''Cweneglin''' or '''Cwedhrin'''.<ref>{{webcite|author=[[Helge Fauskanger]]|website=Arda|articleurl=http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/quenya.htm|articlename=Quenya}}</ref>
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In the earliest versions of the [[legendarium]], Qenya (as every [[Elvish]] language) belonged to the [[Oromëan|Oromean]] phylum, derived from the language [[Oromë|Orome]] taught the [[Quendi]]. It was the language of the First Tribe of the [[Elves]], the [[Lindar]] ([[Vanyar]] in the later legendarium) and for this it was also called '''Lindarin'''.<ref>{{LR|Lhammas}}</ref>
 
==History==
 
==History==
 
Qenya goes back to at least [[1915]] when Tolkien compiled the "[[Qenya Lexicon]]". Qenya thus predates the [[Legendarium]], although the Lexicon was used in parallel to ''[[The Book of Lost Tales]]'' a couple of years later.<ref>{{LT1|Appendix}}</ref> According to Tolkien, his [[secondary world]] was created primarily for the need to make his constructed languages usable.<ref name=External>{{webcite|author=[[Helge Fauskanger]]|website=Arda|articleurl=http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/quenya.htm#Heading4|articlename=External history of Quenya}}</ref>
 
Qenya goes back to at least [[1915]] when Tolkien compiled the "[[Qenya Lexicon]]". Qenya thus predates the [[Legendarium]], although the Lexicon was used in parallel to ''[[The Book of Lost Tales]]'' a couple of years later.<ref>{{LT1|Appendix}}</ref> According to Tolkien, his [[secondary world]] was created primarily for the need to make his constructed languages usable.<ref name=External>{{webcite|author=[[Helge Fauskanger]]|website=Arda|articleurl=http://folk.uib.no/hnohf/quenya.htm#Heading4|articlename=External history of Quenya}}</ref>

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