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eälar is a Quenya word which refers to the spirits of beings who do not require a body in order to be complete. One example is Maiar.

Eälar are contrasted with fëar, which are the souls of beings whose natural state is to be incarnated in a body.


The word is related to the Quenya verb "be, exist".

-la is the present participle ending of verbs (cf. "-ing" but Quenya -la only forms adjectival participles).[1]

Eälar are therefore composed only of their pure being.

See also