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Vaniai is the Telerin word for the Vanyar from which it was directly adopted.


It seems to be from a primitive Elvish form bányâ[1][2] (stem BAN) but also from wanjâ (stem WAN)[3]


  1. Etymologies p.351
  2. The Peoples of Middle-earth p. 402
  3. The War of the Jewels p.383