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Q. fírima adj. “mortal, *(lit.) able to die” (Category: to Die; Dead; Death)

Q. fírima, adj. “mortal, *(lit.) able to die” (Category: to Die; Dead; Death)

A word for “mortal” appearing in the Quendi and Eldar essay from 1959-60, literally meaning “one apt to die” and based on the root √PHIRI “exhale, expire, breathe out” (WJ/387). It is likely based on the verb fir- “to die”. Like English, it can be used as a both an adjective and a noun. It was used as noun in the Quendi and Eldar essay: Fírimar “Mortals”. In The Etymologies of the 1930s, ᴹQ. fírima “mortal” was simply an adjective derived from the root ᴹ√PHIR (Ety/PHIR).

Reference ✧ WJ/387 ✧ Fírima


fir- “to die, fade, †expire, breathe forth”
-ima “-able, possibility” ✧ WJ/387

Element In

ᴹQ. fírima adj. “mortal” (Category: to Die; Dead; Death)

See Q. fírima for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/PHIR; EtyAC/ÑGUR



Element In


Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√PHIR > fírima [pʰīrima] > [ɸīrima] > [fīrima] ✧ Ety/PHIR