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The Quendë (Q, pron. [ˈkʷende]), plural Quendi (pron. [ˈkʷendi]), was the name given by the Elves to their own kind while they still dwelt at Cuiviénen. Quendë means "speaker; who speak with voices", for upon arising they met no other living thing that spoke or sang. However, Ilúvatar also called them Quendi before any of them awoke.
The plural form was much more popular as a word.
Quendë is an exceptional case where the PQ short final -e was retained in Quenya instead of disappearing.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of the Elves and the Captivity of Melkor"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Beginning of Days"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", KWEN(ED)
(Quendi · People of the Stars · Firstborn · Elder Kindred)
(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 (Dark Elves · The Unwilling)|
|See also:||Awakening of the Elves · Sundering of the Elves · Great Journey|