Quenya is conceptually the forerunner of Quenya. This u-less spelling was for a long time used by Tolkien for the name of this language ; it is now employed in the study of his invented languages to name its forms anterior to The Lord of the Rings. It is not a homogenous entity, but a continuum of ever changing conceptions which go from the first tries in 1915 to the 40s. The extracts we propose here are put in a roughly chronological order, the last ones are very close to the coming Quenya.
Narqelion - Autumn. Tolkien's first poem in Elvish, published and discussed in Vinyar Tengwar n° 40.
Sí qente Feanor - Now said Feanor . A prose text associated to the Book of Lost Tales, published and discussed in Parma Eldalamberon n° 15.
Nieninque - Snowdrop. A poem published in The Monsters and the Critics, pp. 215-216.
Earendel - Poème publié dans The Monsters and the Critics, pp. 215-216.
Oilima Markirya I - The Last Ark. First version of the poem, published in The Monsters and the Critics, pp. 213-214. The final version in Quenya can also be found on this website.
Oilima Markirya II - The Last Ark. Second version of the poem, published in The Monsters and the Critics, pp. 213-214. The final version in Quenya can also be found on this website.
The Elves at Koivienéni - A sentence published in Vinyar Tengwar n° 14, with additions in n° 27.
The Two Trees - A sentence reconstituted after Tolkien's drafts, published in Vinyar Tengwar n° 27
A sentence in "Arctic" - The Father Christmas Letters, pp. 30-31.
The straight road (Qenya) - The Lost Road, p. 47. A corresponding version in Old English can also be found on this website.
Elendil and Herendil - Sentences picked up in The Lost Road, pp. 59, 61 et 63.
Fíriel's song - The Lost Road, p. 72.
Galadriel' lament, preparatory version - The Treason of Isengard, pp. 284-285. The final version in Quenya can also be found on this website.
Atalante - Fragments of a lament on the downfall of Númenor. Sauron Defeated, p. 247. The Lost Road p. 47 contains similar fragments. A corresponding version in Adûnaic and Old English can also be found on this website.
Quotations of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien, Édouard Kloczko, Christopher Gilson, Patrick Wynne, Rhona Beare, Thomas Alan Shippey, Charles Kennedy, Elaine Treharne, André Crépin, Régis Boyer, François-Xavier Dillmann, Gabriel Rebourcet, Keith Bosley, Pierre-Yves Lambert, Gwyn Jones, Thomas Jones are under the copyright of their publishers.
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