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Telerin was a word used to refer to the tongues of any Elf-people that are of Lindar origin but is best reserved for the language of the Teleri that came to Valinor, the Falmari; it is a tongue related to both Quenya and Sindarin.
It is also called Lindalambe or Lindárin.
History[edit | edit source]
The language of the Falmari descended from Common Telerin, an ancient dialect of the Common Eldarin spoken during the Great March. From the viewpoint of the speakers of Quenya (who considered their language the main direct descendant of Common Eldarin), they considered Telerin (a direct descendant of Common Telerin) a "dialect of Quenya". Telerin was therefore considered a closely related language still largely intelligible.
However, the phonology of the two languages differed much, with Telerin often being more conservative than Quenya. In Aman the speakers of Telerin outnumbered the speakers of Quenya, much as the Teleri outnumbered the Vanyar and Noldor.
The coexistence with the Teleri made the Noldor want to differientate themselves from the speech of the Vanyar. For example the Vanyar pronounced /f/ very soft, almost like /hw/, but the Noldor resisted this change through influence from the Teleri.
Finarfin is said to have learned Telerin. He also gave his sons Telerin-influenced Quenya names.
Grammar[edit | edit source]
Other versions[edit | edit source]
Telerin is a name of a language appearing in The Etymologies, where about 25 words of that language are given. This version of Telerin was more related to Ilkorin than to Qenya or Kornoldorin.[source?]
See also[edit | edit source]
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- Telerin - the language of the Sea-elves at Ardalambion
- Enquiry into the Telerin language
- On Telerin (on Web Archive) by David Salo
- Texts and sound samples at Glǽmscrafu
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "Tengwesta Qenderinwa and Pre-Fëanorian Alphabets Part 2", in Parma Eldalamberon XVIII (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, and Patrick H. Wynne), p.77
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix E: The Names of Celeborn and Galadriel", p. 266
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar: B. Meanings and use of the various terms applied to the Elves and their varieties in Quenya, Telerin, and Sindarin", p. 369
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies"