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General Information
Other namesImillië
MembersImin, Iminyë, Ilion, Ingwë, Ilwen
Physical Description
DistinctionsAncestors of the Vanyar; none of whom became the Avari
GalleryImages of Minyar

Minyar (Q), or Imillië[1] was the original name of the first Clan of the Elves, before the Great Journey. 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 14 in number out of the total 144 Elves who awoke at Cuiviénen. They all followed Ingwë in the March and became the Vanyar. None remained behind.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: XVII. Generational Schemes", p. 128
  2. 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 · Falathrim) · Nandor (Green-elves · Silvan Elves)
 Moriquendi:  Úmanyar · Avari (Cuind · Hwenti · Kindi · Kinn-lai · Penni · Windan)
See also:  Awakening of the Elves · Sundering of the Elves · Great Journey