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|Distinctions||Most revered of the Elven kindreds, loved by Manwë.|
|Members||Ingwë, Indis, Elemmírë, Amarië, and others.|
The Vanyar are the highest of the High Elves. According to legend, the clan was founded by Imin, the first Elf to awake in Cuiviénen, his wife Iminyë, and their twelve companions. However it was Ingwë, the first Vanya to travel with Oromë to Valinor, who became their king.
Ingwë is called High King of the Elves. He lives on Mount Taniquetil beneath the halls of Manwë. All of the Vanyar journeyed to Valinor before the beginning of the First Age, and remained there. They are said to have the greatest skill in poetry of all the Elves, and Manwë loves them for it.
The name Vanyar means "the Fair" in Quenya, referring to their golden hair. The Vanyar called themselves Minyar, "the Firsts", their ancient name. Another name was Ingar with the same meaning or Ingwer which means "Chieftains".
Other Versions of the Legendarium
In the earliest versions of Tolkien's legendarium (see: The Book of Lost Tales 1), they were called Teleri, while the Elves known as Teleri in the published version of The Silmarillion were called Solosimpi.