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A-affection or A-mutation is a phonology phenomenon in the Sindarin language through its evolution from Old Sindarin, regarding the final vowels of a word.

The phenomenon is summarized as -iCa > -eC: the final -a vowel caused the preceding i to slid into e. Since all final vowels disappeared in mature Sindarin, final -a also disappeared, leaving as trace of its existence the preceding e.



  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Four. Quendi and Eldar" p.365