Q. fir- v. (basic-verb) “to die, fade, †expire, breathe forth” (Category: to Die; Dead; Death)
A verb for “to die”, originally meaning “breathe forth, expire” (MR/250). Tolkien also translated it as “die, fade” in notes for the Markirya poem of the 1960s (MC/223). The use of this verb for death was connected to the passing of Míriel and was thus used only for a natural or peaceful death (MR/250); for discussion see the noun form fírië “death”. More unpleasant forms of death would instead use the verb Q. qual-. Based on the glosses from the Markirya poem, it seems this verb may also be applied metaphorically to non-living things that “fade (away)”, as in its more elaborate form fifíru- “to slowly fade away” (MC/222-223).
References ✧ MC/223; MR/250, 470; VT43/34
|firuvamme||future 1st-pl-exclusive||“*we will die”||✧ VT43/34|
|fírë||infinitive||“to sigh, breathe forth, ‘expire’”||✧ MR/470|
|fírië||perfect; augmentless||“she hath breathed forth”||✧ MR/250|
|fírië||perfect; augmentless||“has breathed forth”||✧ MR/470|