Since the Noldor came to Middle-earth and their language became known among the Sindar, the Silvan and afterwards the Dunedain, Vanyarin is considered a less known, elusive language, spoken only in Valinor.
The speech of the Vanyar was more conservative than that of the Noldor who were more innovative. The Vanyarin loremasters should give their assent before any changes introduced by the Noldor should be considered genuine Quenya in their common speech community. One of those changes was the consonant -r in plural words instead of -i, which the Vanyar adopted.
Fëanor viewed the matter of the sound change of th to s by the Ñoldor as a personal insult to the memory of his mother who was called Therindë, and resisted it. The Vanyar also pronounced the sound f- very softly, threatening to merge it with hw-, and Fëanor jested them that they would pronounce his name as Hwëanáro.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Vinyar Tengwar 41
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Peoples of Middle-earth, Quendi and Eldar
- ↑ The Peoples of Middle-earth, The Shibboleth of Fëanor