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fae is Sindarin for "spirit".[source?]

[edit] Cognates

Tolkien mentions that the name Fëanor is a Sindarinized version of the Quenya Fëanáro,[source?] but is not proper Sindarin. His genuine Sindarin name would be Faenor instead.[1]

[edit] Inspiration

Fae is an archaic English word referring to "magic" or "fairies". This word was used by Tolkien in the early version of his legendarium (The Book of Lost Tales Part One) to refer to the Valar and the Elves.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", p. 343