ᴱ√ǶEHE root. “breath; die, expire”
A root in the Qenya Lexicon of the 1910s glossed “breath; die, expire” and the derivative ᴱQ. fé “last hour, death” (QL/41). It also has some derivatives in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon such as G. fest “breath, breathing” and G. festa- “breath[e]” (GL/35). There are no obvious signs of this root in Tolkien’s later writing, though the connection between “last breath” and “death” does reappear in the root √PHIR (WJ/387).
References ✧ QL/41, 100