- Language: Qenya
- Created: 1915
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- Language family: fictional diachronic language
A constructed language by J.R.R. Tolkien.
In 1915, Tolkien began his first attempt at a High-Elven language: Qenya. It is almost an entirely different language than Quenya as used in The Lord of the Rings (which, after all, was not published until almost 40 years later).
Language sources: Parma Eldalamberon 12
Qenya is derived from a proto-language, Primitive Elvish, which is very similar in structure to Proto-Indo-European.
Many fans of Quenya are studying the language to see if it can carefully be used to supplement the Quenya lexicon. It's a painstaking task, like Gimli gently chiseling away to expose a gem in the Glittering Caves of Aglarond.
- http://www.eldalamberon.com/parma14 (Broken link)