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S. faen n. “vapour; [disembodied] spirit” (Category: Mist, Fog, Haze)

S. faen, n. “vapour; ⚠️[disembodied] spirit” (Category: Mist, Fog, Haze)

A word for “vapour” in some 1957 notes derived from √PHAY “spirit”, also referring to disembodied spirits as the equivalent of Q. fairë for “spirit” (NM/237).

Neo-Sindarin: For purposes of Neo-Sindarin, I’d use better-known S. faer for a disembodied spirit (MR/349), a more direct cognate of Q. fairë, but I see no reason why faen can’t be used for vapour.

Reference ✧ NM/237 ✧ “vapour; [disembodied] spirit”


Phonetic Developments

phaini > faen [pʰaini] > [pʰaine] > [ɸaine] > [faine] > [fain] > [faen] ✧ NM/237