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'''kwende''' pl. '''kwendî''' <ref>{{HM|WJ}}, [[Quendi and Eldar]] p.360</ref> is the [[Primitive Quendian]] word for the [[Elves]]. The word was perhaps primarily used in the plural.
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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.
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
Formed from the [[root]] [[KWE]]NE (see ''[[kwene]]'') with medial fortification ''n > nd''.  
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Formed from the [[Sundocarmë|Root]] [[KWE]]NE (see ''[[kwene]]'') with ''[[ostime]]'' of ''n > nd''.  
  
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>
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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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==Other versions==
 
==Other versions==
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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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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Latest revision as of 21:29, 8 November 2012

kwende pl. kwendî is the Primitive Quendian word for the Elves.[1] The word was perhaps primarily used in the plural.

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[edit] Etymology

Formed from the Root KWENE (see kwene) with ostime of n > nd.

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".[2]

[edit] Derivatives

Note that the final short -e was not lost in the later languages, as it usually happens with other words.

[edit] Other versions

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.

[edit] References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, Quendi and Eldar p. 360
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta 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."