I often read so, but couldn't find a specific quote. So did Tolkien say that or is this a generalization or assumption I am making?
I know that Ingwë, the King of the Vanyar, is at the same time High King of all the Elves, and the Vanyar are also the closest in friendship to the Valar.
But it is said that Fëanor, Lúthien, and in later writings, also Galadriel (all of then NOT being Vanyar, except Galadriel who has a little bit of their blood) are the greatest of their race.
These two kinsfolk (Fëanor and Galadriel), the greatest of the Eldar in Valinor, were unfriends for ever."
Who together with the greatest of all the Eldar, Lúthien Tinuviel, daughter of Elu Thingol, are the chief matter of the legends and histories of the Elves.
How does that fit? Shouldn't Ingwë, the High King, be considered to be the greatest of the Aman elves?