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"
Note that the final short -e was not lost in the later languages, as it usually happens with other words.
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, Quendi and Eldar p.360
- ↑ 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."