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fëa (pl. fëar) is the Quenya word for "soul, indwelling spirit of an incarnate being".[1] The union of fëa and hröa was the essential characteristic of the Incarnates.[2] The fëar were sent into directly by Ilúvatar; and unlike the hröa, they are indestructible and unable to be dominated by any force within Eä, unless they give consent.[3] The Sindarin equivalent is fae[4]

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").[4]

Fëar were sent to inhabit the Ents.[5] Unbodied fëar, could be controlled by necromancy[6] (See also: undead).

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References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Appendix to the Index: Elvish words and terms", p. 470
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Four. Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth: Addit. Silmarillion — Commentary", p. 330
  3. 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
  4. 4.0 4.1 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
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 247, (dated 20 September 1963)
  6. 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 Re-birth and Other Dooms of Those that go to Mandos", p. 224