Q. [ᴹQ.] ilfirin, adj. “immortal”

See ᴹQ. ilfirin for discussion.


ᴹQ. ilfirin adj. “immortal”

An adjective for “immortal” appearing in the Etymologies of the 1930s as a negation of the adjective firin “dead (by natural cause)” (Ety/PHIR). Its initial element is the negative prefix ᴹQ. il-.

Conceptual Development: Neither this word or its elements appear in Tolkien’s later writings, but its Sindarin cognate S. alfirin “immortal” does appear as the name of a flower (LotR/875, PE17/100, Let/402). Tolkien may have revised the etymology and meaning of the Sindarin word, however.

Reference ✧ Ety/PHIR ✧ “immortal”


il- “no, not”
firin “dead (by natural cause)” ✧ Ety/PHIR.003