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Q. firya adj. “mortal; human” (Category: Human Being)

Q. firya, adj. “[ᴹQ.] human; [Q.] mortal” (Category: Human Being)

An adjective translated as “mortal” appearing only in the proper name Firya “Mortal” used of Men in the Quendi and Eldar essay of 1959-60 (WJ/387). ᴹQ. firya was instead translated as “human” in The Etymologies of the 1930s where it was derived from the root ᴹ√PHIR (Ety/PHIR). I would use firya primarily in this second sense “human”, and for “mortal” would use Q. fírima (WJ/387).

Reference ✧ WJ/387 ✧ Firya


PHIR “exhale, expire, breathe out”
-ya¹ “adjective suffix”

Element In

ᴹQ. firya adj. “human” (Category: Human Being)

See Q. firya for discussion.

Reference ✧ Ety/PHIR ✧ “human”

Element In



Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√PHIR > firya [pʰirja] > [ɸirja] > [firja] ✧ Ety/PHIR