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'''''Yén''''' (plural '''''yéni''''') is [[Quenya]] for "year", and was a unit of time used by the [[Elves]] of [[Middle-earth]] before the first rising of the [[Sun]]. Compare with a [[Valian Years|Valian Year]], the unit of time used in [[Valinor]].
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'''''Yén''''' (plural '''''yéni''''') is [[Quenya]] for "long year",<ref>{{PE|17}}, p. 62</ref> and was a unit of time used by the [[Elves]] of [[Middle-earth]] before the first rising of the [[Sun]]. Compare with a [[Valian Years|Valian Year]], the unit of time used in [[Valinor]].
  
 
:1 ''yén'' = 144 solar years = 52,596 days
 
:1 ''yén'' = 144 solar years = 52,596 days

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Yén (plural yéni) is Quenya for "long year",[1] and was a unit of time used by the Elves of Middle-earth before the first rising of the Sun. Compare with a Valian Year, the unit of time used in Valinor.

1 yén = 144 solar years = 52,596 days

Tolkien used Valian Years to measure the passing of time in the Elder Days as recorded in the Annals of Aman, but such a Valian Years equals 9.582 solar years = 3500 days (in older versions, the Annals of Valinor, it equals 10 solar years).

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 62