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Languagesone of the many Avarin languages
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Kinn-lai were one of the only six tribes of the Avari mentioned.


It is an Avarin word meaning "the People". It derives from Primitive Quendian kwendī.[1] The suffix -lai may be related to Quenyan lië "people", coming from the root LI (whence also Quenyan -li) by A-infixion, attested in the primitive language.[2]

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Kinn-lai, an articulation of "Quendi" (the most ancient name of the Elves), is also the name of a tribe of Avari Elves of the jungles of the Mûmakan in the Utter South of Middle-earth.[3]


  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. "Avarin: All Six Words", Ardalambion [1] (accessed 11 February 2024): "The stem LI, the source of Quenya lië, may have produced lai by A-infixion (well attested in the primitive language)."
  3. Mark R. Feil (1997), Hands of the Healer (#2026), p. 18