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The Incarnate (Mirröanwi in Quenya[1]) races were those beings whose natural state is to exist as a union of fëa and hröa. These races were Elves, Men, and Dwarves.

[edit] Etymology

Mirröanwi, singular Mirröanwë, is a Quenya word meaning "Incarnates". It is used in reference to the Children of Ilúvatar, who were designed to live as embodied souls.

Patrick H. Wynne has suggested that Mirröanwi can be analyzed as containing mi ("in") and hröa ("body").[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Four. Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth", pp. 325, 350
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Eldarin Hands, Fingers & Numerals and Related Writings — Part Two" (edited by Patrick H. Wynne), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 48, December 2005, p. 34