fae

From Tolkien Gateway

fae is Sindarin for "spirit".[1]

Cognates[edit]

Tolkien mentions that the name Fëanor is a Sindarinized version of the Quenya Fëanáro,[2] so is not proper Sindarin. His genuine Sindarin name would be Faenor instead.[3]

Inspiration[edit]

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) to refer to the Valar and the Elves.

References

  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 Naming", p. 217
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor", p. 343