In the fictional works of J. R. R. Tolkien, the Avari are an ethnic group of the Elves.

History of the Avari

Avari (singular Avar) is a Quenya word meaning ‘Refusers’ or ‘Recusants’.[2] When the vala Oromë found the Elves who had awakened in Cuiviénen (see: Awakening of the Elves), he asked them to come with him to Valinor. All the Elves of the First Clan (Vanyar) and many of the Elves of the Second and Third Clans (Noldor and Teleri) were persuaded to follow Oromë into the West on a Great Journey. The remainder of the Elves of the Second and Third Clans remained suspicious of the Lords of the West, seeing them only in their wrath, or they simply refused to depart from their own lands. They were after known in Quenya by the name Avari because they refused the summons. Later, they spread throughout the wide lands of Middle-earth.

Having never come to Valinor, the Avari remained a „wild folk”, often dwellers of forests and caves. Little is known of them, as they do not appear often in the tales. Some of them merged with the Nandor and Sindar in Eriador and the Vale of Anduin and became known as Silvan Elves. The Avari were the first other sapient race encountered by the Men. The Avari taught them many of the basic crafts of civilization, though the craft of the Eldar surpassed that of the Avari even more than that of the Avari surpassed primitive Men.

Since the Avari, unlike the Eldar, refused the invitation to the Undying Lands and preferred to stay in Middle-earth to the end of Time, it is assumed they did fade away.

In „Quendi and Eldar„, the Elf Eöl is said to be an Avar of the Second Clan. He is notorious for luring an elf lady, Aredhel, into his home and making her his wife.

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