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Telerin (Lindalambë[1]) is a constructed language devised by J. R. R. Tolkien. It is one of the many fictional languages set in his fictional world, Arda, often referred to as Middle-earth, where it is the language of the Teleri of Valinor.

Telerin evolved directly from Common Telerin, the primordial tongue of the Teleri or Lindar, a clan of the Elves. During the Great Journey it diverged from Common Eldarin, which itself was descended from Primitive Quendian, the original language of all Quendi, or Elves.

The descendants of Common Telerin are Telerin, Sindarin, and the various Nandorin languages. The language of the Teleri of Valinor was influenced by and in turn influenced Noldorin Quenya, and these languages remained very closely related, about like Italian and Spanish. One Telerin change was from Common Eldarin /*kw/ to /p/; this parallels a real-life change in the Brittonic languages, including Welsh, which has similarities to and may have been an inspiration for Sindarin.

Telerin is the tongue of the Teleri who reached the Undying Lands.

Telerin was considered by some to be a dialect of Quenya, but the Teleri themselves considered it to be an independent language. It was much more conservative than Quenya, and was the closest to Common Telerin, from which Sindarin and Nandorin were also derived, and even to Common Eldarin of the later Elvish languages.

Only four attested sentences of Telerin are currently known. They can be compared to known Quenya and Sindarin sentences to show developmental differences and similarities:

Telerin Quenya Sindarin English
Abá care! Áva carë! Avo garo! Don't do it!
Cavaria Olue / Cava Olue / Olue cava Coarya Olwë --- The house of him, Olwë, Olwë's house
Él síla lúmena vomentienguo Elen síla lumenn' omentielvo --- A star shines upon the hour of our meeting
Óre nia pete nin Órenya quetë nin Guren bêd enni My heart tells me


  1. "Eldamo : Telerin : Lindalambë". Retrieved 2017-01-06.


  • Fauskanger, Helge K. "Telerin". Ardalambion. University of Bergen. Retrieved 17 September 2012.

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