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aiya (aiya!) or aia means "hail" in Quenya. In the legendarium, it was only addressed to "great or holy persons", such as the Valar, or to Eärendil.[1][2][3] In J.R.R. Tolkien's Quenya translation of Ave Maria (Aia María), the Latin word ave was first given the translated form aiya, later changed to the form aia.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings: Eldarin Roots and Stems", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 149
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, "Shelob's Lair"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 297, (dated August 1967)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "'Words of Joy': Five Catholic Prayers in Quenya — Part One" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne, Arden R. Smith, and Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 43, January 2002, p. 28