Ad. zîrân adj. “beloved” (Category: Dear)
- Ad. zîrân adj. “beloved” (Category: Dear)
An adjective translated “(the) beloved” (SD/247), apparently formed from the verb zîr-
“to love, desire” with the participle suffix -ân¹
. Its placement in the sentence Anadûnê zîrân hikalba
“Númenor beloved fell (down)” is unusual, since according to Tolkien adjectives normally precede the nouns they modify (SD/428).
It is possible that the adjective here is being used as a noun “the beloved”, an idea supported by the translation of this
sentence in the final manuscript: “Anadune the beloved she fell” (VT24/12). See the entry for the Adûnaic participle
for further discussion.
References ✧ SD/247; VT24/12
|| “*to love, desire”
|| “participle suffix”