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kinn-lai was a tribe of the Avari.
It is an Avarin word meaning "the People". It derives from Primitive Quendian kwendī.
The second element could be related to Quenya lië which means "to speak", marking the word as a people-name. In Kinn-lai Avarin this could possibly mean, The "Speaking People".
Portrayal in adaptations
1982-97: Middle-earth Role Playing:
- Kinn-lai, an articulation of "Quendi" (the most ancient name of the Elves), is also the name of a tribe of Avari Elves of the jungles of the Mûmakan in the Utter South of Middle-earth.
J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Author's Notes to Quendi and Eldar", Note 9, p. 410
Mark R. Feil (1997), Hands of the Healer (#2026), p. 18