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ᴹQ. ilfirin adj. “immortal” (Category: Immortal)

⚠️ᴹQ. ilfirin, adj. “immortal” (Category: Immortal)
ᴹQ. #alfírima “immortal”

An adjective for “immortal” appearing in The Etymologies of the 1930s as a negation of the adjective firin “dead (by natural cause)” (Ety/PHIR). Its initial element is the negative prefix ᴹQ. il-.

Conceptual Development: Neither this word or its elements appear in Tolkien’s later writings, but its Sindarin cognate S. alfirin “immortal” does appear as the name of a flower (LotR/875, PE17/100, Let/402). Tolkien may have revised the etymology and meaning of the Sindarin word, however.

Reference ✧ Ety/PHIR ✧ “immortal”


il- “no, not”
firin “dead (by natural cause)” ✧ Ety/PHIR



Phonetic Developments

ᴹ✶ilpirin > ilfirin [ilpʰirin] > [ilɸirin] !!! [ilfirin] ✧ Ety/PHIR