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The '''Avari''' are a branch of the [[Elves]]. Also known as East Elves
 
The '''Avari''' are a branch of the [[Elves]]. Also known as East Elves
  
When [[Oromë]] found the [[Elves]] that awakened in [[Cuiviénen]] (see: [[Awakening of the Elves]]), he summoned them to come with him to [[Valinor]]. All the [[Vanyar]] and most of the [[Ñoldor]] were persuaded, along with some of the [[Teleri]], and followed [[Oromë]] into the west on the [[Great Journey]]. The remainder of the [[Ñoldor]] and [[Teleri]] remained suspicious, or simply refused to depart from their own lands, and spread gradually throughout the wide lands of [[Middle-earth]]. They were after known in [[Quenya]]—the language of the [[Eldar]] that eventually reached [[Valinor]]—by the name ''Avari'', meaning "the Unwilling", because they refused the summons.
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When [[Oromë]] found the [[Elves]] that [[Awakening of the Elves|awakened]] in [[Cuiviénen]], he summoned them to come with him to [[Valinor]]. All the [[Vanyar]] and most of the [[Ñoldor]] were persuaded, along with some of the [[Teleri]], and followed [[Oromë]] into the west on the [[Great Journey]]. The remainder of the [[Ñoldor]] and [[Teleri]] remained suspicious, or simply refused to depart from their own lands, and spread gradually throughout the wide lands of [[Middle-earth]]. They were after known in [[Quenya]]—the language of the [[Eldar]] that eventually reached [[Valinor]]—by the name ''Avari'', meaning "the Unwilling", because they refused the summons.
  
 
Having never come to [[Valinor]], the Avari remained a wild folk, dwellers of forests. Little is known of them, as they do not appear in any of the tales, save some references to Avari creeping in the south of [[Beleriand]] in the [[First Age]]. Many of them probably merged with the [[Nandor]] and became known as [[Silvan Elves]]. Also, it is speculated that the [[Dark Elves]] were the first other sentient race encountered by the race of [[Men]] during their infancy.  The [[Dark Elves]] probably taught them many of the basic crafts of civilization, though the craft of the Eldar surpassed that of the Avari even more than that of the Avari surpassed primitive [[Men]].   
 
Having never come to [[Valinor]], the Avari remained a wild folk, dwellers of forests. Little is known of them, as they do not appear in any of the tales, save some references to Avari creeping in the south of [[Beleriand]] in the [[First Age]]. Many of them probably merged with the [[Nandor]] and became known as [[Silvan Elves]]. Also, it is speculated that the [[Dark Elves]] were the first other sentient race encountered by the race of [[Men]] during their infancy.  The [[Dark Elves]] probably taught them many of the basic crafts of civilization, though the craft of the Eldar surpassed that of the Avari even more than that of the Avari surpassed primitive [[Men]].   
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These are Elves that were so in love with their world, their middle earth, that they could not bear to leave. A moral, then, that Tolkien quietly inserted into the history of Middle Earth is that sometimes true beauty is not perfection. Valinor was perfection, but the Dark Elves stood by their beloved Middle Earth, even when their brethren left for the obvious bliss of the Undying Lands  
 
These are Elves that were so in love with their world, their middle earth, that they could not bear to leave. A moral, then, that Tolkien quietly inserted into the history of Middle Earth is that sometimes true beauty is not perfection. Valinor was perfection, but the Dark Elves stood by their beloved Middle Earth, even when their brethren left for the obvious bliss of the Undying Lands  
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==Tribes==
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Their population was composed of 1/2 of the [[Tatyar]] and 1/3 of the [[Nelyar]], who maybe were called Lindai. According to a tradition their leaders were [[Morwë]] of the Tatyar and [[Nurwë]] of the [[Nelyar]].
  
In ''[[The War of the Jewels]]'', names of six tribes of Avari in their own languages are given, all being cognates of the [[Quenya]] word [[Quendi]] (''the Speakers''): '''[[Kindi]]''', '''[[Cuind]]''', '''[[Hwenti]]''', '''[[Windan]]''', '''[[Kinn-lai]]''', '''[[Penni]]'''. They are the only certain Avarin words ever mentioned in the published [[Middle-earth]] material. It is speculated however that [[Dorwinion]] was an Avarin land, with '''Winion''' carrying the meaning of "Wine".
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Six tribes of Avari are mentioned, and their names are all cognates of the [[Primitive Quendian]] word [[Quendi|Kwendî]] (''the Speakers''): '''[[Kindi]]''', '''[[Cuind]]''', '''[[Hwenti]]''', '''[[Windan]]''', '''[[Kinn-lai]]''', '''[[Penni]]'''<red>''[[The War of the Jewels]]''</ref>.  
 
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==Languages==
[[The Silmarillion]] contains a suggestion that [[Orcs]] may be descended by Avarin elves captured and corrupted by [[Melkor]]. The [[Barrow-wights]] may also be spirits of Avari.
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The names above are the only certain Avarin words ever mentioned in the published [[Middle-earth]] material. It is speculated however that [[Dorwinion]] was an Avarin land, with '''Winion''' carrying the meaning of "Wine".
  
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According to the legends [[Orcs]] may be descended by Avarin elves captured and corrupted by [[Melkor]]. The [[Barrow-wights]] may also be spirits of Avari.{{fact}}
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==Names==
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The Avari were called [[Abari]] in [[Telerin]] and Evair in [[Sindarin]]
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
==Other versions of the legendarium==
 
 
In older versions of the legendarium, the name ''Avari'' was originally that of the later [[Eldar]], then meaning "those that departed".
 
In older versions of the legendarium, the name ''Avari'' was originally that of the later [[Eldar]], then meaning "those that departed".
  

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Avari
Race
DominionsPossibly Dorwinion
LanguagesMany
Skin colorWhite
Hair colorProbably dark
DistinctionsRefused the Great Journey
LifespanImmortal
MembersPossibly Morwë, Nurwë

Q: unwilling The Avari are a branch of the Elves. Also known as East Elves

When Oromë found the Elves that awakened in Cuiviénen, he summoned them to come with him to Valinor. All the Vanyar and most of the Ñoldor were persuaded, along with some of the Teleri, and followed Oromë into the west on the Great Journey. The remainder of the Ñoldor and Teleri remained suspicious, or simply refused to depart from their own lands, and spread gradually throughout the wide lands of Middle-earth. They were after known in Quenya—the language of the Eldar that eventually reached Valinor—by the name Avari, meaning "the Unwilling", because they refused the summons.

Having never come to Valinor, the Avari remained a wild folk, dwellers of forests. Little is known of them, as they do not appear in any of the tales, save some references to Avari creeping in the south of Beleriand in the First Age. Many of them probably merged with the Nandor and became known as Silvan Elves. Also, it is speculated that the Dark Elves were the first other sentient race encountered by the race of Men during their infancy. The Dark Elves probably taught them many of the basic crafts of civilization, though the craft of the Eldar surpassed that of the Avari even more than that of the Avari surpassed primitive Men.

It is odd that the Avari are seen as dishonorable compared to the Noldor. While the Noldor obeyed their master's call and the Sindar heard it but could not answer, the Avari ignored it entirely. But the reasons for this are not that the Elves are evil or lesser than their Noldorin brethren. The name Dark Elves is misleading in that sense.

These are Elves that were so in love with their world, their middle earth, that they could not bear to leave. A moral, then, that Tolkien quietly inserted into the history of Middle Earth is that sometimes true beauty is not perfection. Valinor was perfection, but the Dark Elves stood by their beloved Middle Earth, even when their brethren left for the obvious bliss of the Undying Lands

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Tribes

Their population was composed of 1/2 of the Tatyar and 1/3 of the Nelyar, who maybe were called Lindai. According to a tradition their leaders were Morwë of the Tatyar and Nurwë of the Nelyar.

Six tribes of Avari are mentioned, and their names are all cognates of the Primitive Quendian word Kwendî (the Speakers): Kindi, Cuind, Hwenti, Windan, Kinn-lai, Penni<red>The War of the Jewels</ref>.

Languages

The names above are the only certain Avarin words ever mentioned in the published Middle-earth material. It is speculated however that Dorwinion was an Avarin land, with Winion carrying the meaning of "Wine".

According to the legends Orcs may be descended by Avarin elves captured and corrupted by Melkor. The Barrow-wights may also be spirits of Avari.[source?]

Names

The Avari were called Abari in Telerin and Evair in Sindarin

Other versions of the legendarium

In older versions of the legendarium, the name Avari was originally that of the later Eldar, then meaning "those that departed".

In other, relatively late writings, a brief idea was that the Avari did not come from the three clans, but from two other clans, led by Nurwë and Morwë. This idea was later dropped. In the final conception, the Elves were divided into three tribes.

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