ᴱ√FAYA root. “*free”
A root in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s with various Qenya derivatives such as ᴱQ. fainu- “release” and ᴱQ. fairie “freedom” (QL/37). There are words in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon of similar form and meaning, such as G. fair “free, unconstrained” and G. faith “liberty” (GL/34). Of interest is that Tolkien gave this root as an example of a hypothetical ancient gradation of l in different positions of articulation in the early Qenya Phonology, having the most ancient form ᴱ√FAL̃A (PE12/16). There are no signs of this root in Tolkien’s later writing.
References ✧ LT1A/Dor Faidwen; PE12/16; QL/37