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Avarin is a term used to refer to the combined languages of the Avari.


There were at least six different languages, or dialects, in the Avarin group.[1] The various dialects did not have a common development,[2] although all descended from Primitive Quendian.[1]

Three larger divisions of Avarin are recorded: West Avarin, North Avarin and East Avarin. The West Avarin group was nearest to the Eldarin languages of the west; North Avarin was very peculiar, with no initial consonant groups. Not much is known of East Avarin.[2]


Avarin is a Quenya word derived from the elements avar ("Refuser, Elf who did not journey to Aman") + in ("-ian, racial-adjective, language").[3]

Other versions[edit]

The West, North, and East Lemberin tongues was a name within the early versions of the legendarium for what would later be called the West, North, and East Avarin languages.[4] They were originally intended to have a resemblance in sound to Goidelic, Baltic, and Finnic languages.[5]

Early etymology[edit]

Lemberin is a Quenya word derived from the elements lembi ("Those That Lingered") + in ("-ian, racial-adjective, language").[6]

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Languages in Tolkien's works
Elvish languages Avarin · Common Eldarin · Mátengwië · Nandorin · Primitive Quendian · Quenya (Exilic · Valinorean · Vanyarin) · Silvan · Sindarin (Doriathrin · Falathrin · Númenórean · Mithrimin · Old) · Telerin
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Dwarvish languages Iglishmêk · Khuzdul
Other languages Black Speech · Entish · Orkish · Valarin · Warg-language
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Outside the legendarium Animalic · Arktik · Mágol · Naffarin · Nevbosh
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  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: Author's Notes to Quendi and Eldar", Note 9, p. 410
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, "Quenya Phonology", in Parma Eldalamberon XIX (edited by Christopher Gilson), pp. 18-28
  3. Paul Strack, "Q. 'Avarin pn.", Eldamo (accessed 31 August 2022)
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Quenya Phonology", in Parma Eldalamberon XIX (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 5
  5. David Salo, "Elven-latin: Part 1 of 4" dated 6 February 2022, Elfling (accessed 22 September 2022)
  6. Paul Strack, "Q. 'Lemberin pn.", Eldamo (accessed 31 August 2022)