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'''''kwende''''' pl. '''''kwendî''''' is the [[Primitive Quendian]] word for the [[Elves]].<ref>{{HM|WJ}}, [[Quendi and Eldar]] p. 360</ref> The word was perhaps primarily used in the plural.
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'''kwende''' pl. '''kwendî''' <ref>{{HM|WJ}}, [[Quendi and Eldar]] p.360</ref> is the [[Primitive Quendian]] word for the [[Elves]].
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
Formed from the [[Sundocarmë|Root]] [[KWE]]NE (see ''[[kwene]]'') with ''[[ostime]]'' of ''n > nd''.  
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Formed from the stem [[KWE]]NE (see ''[[kwene]]'') with medial fortification ''n > nd''.  
 
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Since KWENE is probably expanded from KWE, the most primitive stem having to do with articulate speech, the term ''kwendî'' identifies the Elves as "speakers".<ref>{{S|3}}: "''Themselves they named the Quendi, signifying those that speak with voices, for as yet they had met no other living things that spoke or sang.''"</ref>
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Since KWENE is probably expanded from KWE, the most primitive stem having to do with articulate speech, the term ''kwendî'' identifies the Elves as "speakers"<ref>[[The Silmarillion]], ''[[Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor]]'', "Themselves they named the Quendi, signifying those that speak with voices, for as yet they had met no other living things that spoke or sang."</ref>
 
==Derivatives==
 
==Derivatives==
Note that the final short ''-e'' was not lost in the later languages, as it usually happens with other words.
 
 
 
*[[Quenya]] ''[[Quendi]]''
 
*[[Quenya]] ''[[Quendi]]''
 
*[[Telerin]] ''[[Pendi]]''
 
*[[Telerin]] ''[[Pendi]]''
*''[[Kindi]]''
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''[[Kindi]]''
*''[[Cuind]]''
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''[[Cuind]]''
*''[[Hwenti]]''
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''[[Hwenti]]''
*''[[Windan]]''
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''[[Windan]]''
*''[[Kinn-lai|Kinn]]''
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''[[Kinn-lai|Kinn]]''
*''[[Penni]]''
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''[[Penni]]''
  
 
==Other versions==
 
==Other versions==
In the ''[[The Etymologies|Etymologies]]'' [[Quenya]] ''[[quendë]]'' "Elf" is derived from a stem KWEN(ED) simply defined as "Elf", and the primitive form is given as ''kwenedê''.
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In the ''[[Etymologies]]'' [[Quenya]] ''[[quendë]]'' "Elf" is derived from a stem KWEN(ED) simply defined as "Elf", and the primitive form is given as ''kwenedê''
 
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[[category:Primitive Elvish words]]
[[Category:Primitive Quendian words]]
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