"Valinorean" redirects here. For the language of the Valar, see Valarin. Tolkien began devising the language at around 1910 and re-structured the grammar several times until Quenya reached its final state. The vocabulary remained relatively stable throughout the creation process. Also the name of the language was repeatedly changed by Tolkien from Elfin and Qenya to the eventual Quenya. The Finnish language had been a major source of inspiration, but Tolkien was also familiar with Latin, Greek and ancient Germanic languages when he began constructing Quenya. The language featured prominently in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as in his posthumously published history of Middle-earth The Silmarillion. External history J. The ingredients in Quenya are various, but worked out into a self-consistent character not precisely like any language that I know. Development In his lifetime, J. These groups in Quenya normally became simplified to nasals initially.