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Fëar

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Fëar (a Quenya word; sing. fëa; the Sindarin equivalent is fae[1]) were the spirits or souls of incarnate creatures such as Elves and Men; they were one part of the makeup of these beings (the other part being the hröa, or body). Fëar were sent into directly by Eru Ilúvatar; they are indestructible and are unable to be dominated by any force within Eä, unless they give consent.[2]

The word fëar is only used in reference to souls whose natural state is to be incarnated; those spirits that do not require a hröa in order to be complete are called ëalar ("beings").[1]

For a discussion on the relationship between the souls of the Incarnates and their bodies, see Fëa and hröa.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (I) The First Phase: 3. Of the Coming of the Elves", p. 165
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Three. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: (II) The Second Phase: Laws and Customs among the Eldar, Of Death and the Severance of fëa and hrondo [>hröa]", p. 218