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DistinctionsAncestors of the Vanyar; none of of whom became the Avari
MembersImin, Iminyë

Minyar (Q), was the original name of the first Clan of the Elves, before the Great March. The Clan-name, meaning 'Firsts' was derived from the name of the father of the Clan, Imin 'One', the first Elf-father to awake at Cuiviénen.

The other original clans in Cuiviénen were the Tatyar 'Seconds', and the Nelyar 'Thirds' according to the Elf-fathers Tata 'Two' and Enel 'Three'. The Minyar were the 14/144 of the total population. They all followed Ingwë in the March and became the Vanyar. None remained behind.[1]

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  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar", pp. 380-1
(Quendi · People of the Stars · Firstborn · Elder Kindred)
Three Kindreds:
(Eldar · Eldalië · Edhil)
 Vanyar (Fair-elves · Minyar) · Noldor (Deep-elves · Tatyar) · Teleri (Lindar · Nelyar)
(High-elves · Amanyar)
 Vanyar · Noldor · Falmari
Úmanyar:  Sindar (Grey-elves · Eglath) · Nandor (Green-elves · Silvan Elves)
 Moriquendi:  Úmanyar · Avari (Dark Elves · The Unwilling)
See Also:  Awakening of the Elves · Sundering of the Elves · Great Journey