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S. fíreb adj. “mortal” (Category: to Die; Dead; Death)

S. fíreb, adj. “mortal” (Category: to Die; Dead; Death)

An adjective meaning “mortal”, more literally “those apt to die”, a Sindarin adaptation of Q. fírima of the same meaning, both based on the root √PHIR having to do with natural death (WJ/387). It was also used as Fíreb to refer to Mortal Men, a variant of Feir of similar meaning. Tolkien said “Fíreb as compared with Fírima shows the use of a different suffix, since the S equivalent of Q -ima (*-ef) was not current” (WJ/387).

Reference ✧ WJ/387 ✧ Fíreb “mortal”


#fir- “to fade, *die”
-eb “adjective suffix”

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Phonetic Developments

PHIRI > Fíreb [pʰīrikwā] > [pʰīripā] > [pʰīripa] > [ɸīripa] > [ɸīrepa] > [fīrepa] > [fīrep] > [fīreb] ✧ WJ/387