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Early Quenya

Quenya as Tolkien conceived of it in his Early Period (1910-1930 in the terminology of this lexicon). At this stage, it was generally spelled Qenya (and was sometimes called Eldarissa or Eldar), and was the language of the first tribe of Elves only; the Noldor spoke Gnomish in this conceptual period. See Quenya and Middle Quenya for Tolkien’s thoughts on this language from later in his life.