First and MOST IMPORTANT: What is Quenya?
Quenya is one of several languages used by the
of Elves in Tolkein's world. It is used almost exclusively
by the Noldorin and Vanyarin Elves living in Aman. Sindarin Elves
do not speak Quenya. Let me repeat that. SINDARIN ELVES
DO NOT SPEAK QUENYA. They speak Sindarin. Therefore it
is completely inappropriate for a Sindarin (or Nandorin,
etc.) Elf to have a Quenya name.
When would a Quenya name be appropriate for
A Quenya name is appropriate when your character
a Noldorin or Vanyarin Elf living in Aman, generally in the Years of
Trees. In the First Age, many of the Noldor who returned to
had Quenya names and still spoke Quenya in their own homes, but
quickly took over as the language of general use among the
In Gondolin, though, because it was isolated from the rest of the
Quenya remained more popular. In the Second and Third Ages in
Quenya would be used for ceremonial purposes and formality, and not for
naming. In the Second Age, Quenya was known to the Men of
Númenor, and many of them had Quenya names (Elendil,
Almáriel, Fíriel, and so on). However, toward the
end of the Second Age, all things Elvish fell out of favour in
Númenor, and only the Faithful continued to use Quenya names.
So to paraphrase, if your character is
Noldorin in the Years of the Trees, or one of the Faithful from
Númenor, a Quenya
would be appropriate.
Quenya names are not appropriate to Elves of
after the early years of the First Age. So if you're making up an
original female Elven character who will be a love interest for, say,
please name her in Sindarin. It would be better for
But Quenya sounds so much prettier than
Then write about bloody Númenorians
or Valinorian Elves.
I want to write a blatant Mary Sue.
my own name in Quenya?
There is an excellent site available, the Quenya
Lapseparma (literally, Quenya Baby Book), where there are many
listed with their possible Quenya equivalents.
What qualifies you to write this page?
I have endless free time on my hands, and I
sensibly use it to study a language that will be of no use to me
in the real world.
However, I would like to take this opportunity
to point out that I am NOT an expert on Quenya. I
just some sketchy individual who wanted to know how to say dirty things
in Quenya for slash purposes, and now I've gone too far and can't go
So while I do know a thing or two about the language, there are bound
be a few mistakes here and there. Therefore please don't take
I say as the complete truth. Also do not take this page to be any
semblance of an academic source at all. I am only doing this for fun,
primarily for fanfic purposes. So if you're writing an academic paper
on Quenya or Quenya names, I can't recommend that you use this site as
a resource. But if you're just trying to find a
reasonable-sounding Quenya name for either yourself or your original
character, then you've come to the right place.
On this topic, if you know
Quenya better than I
do and notice something I'm doing wrong, please let me know. My
is listed at the bottom of this page.
Where can I go to
learn Quenya for myself?
A good place to start is this
Quenya course, found at the Ardalambion
website. But if you're really serious about Quenya, or Tolkien's
other Elvish languages, I highly suggest you purchase The Lost Road,
which is volume five of the Histories of Middle-earth. It
contains a section called "Etymologies", which is invaluable to anyone
half-serious about these languages.
Where can I go to ask
questions about the names
If you're really stuck, and need advice on
whether or not your name is structually sound or even just appropriate
in any given situation, you can contact me and I'll try my best to help
you. My email is listed at the bottom of this page.
of this crap;
I want to do the name thing now!
Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org