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The Sickly’; a name among Elves for the race of Men

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'The Sickly', a name used by the Elves to describe Men. This was a natural choice of name by the Elves, who did not themselves suffer sickness or old age, and so from an Elf's perspective those attributes of Men must have represented a striking difference between the two peoples.

Engwar was a name from the Quenya tongue, but it derived from the same ancient root as Sindarin ingem. Ingem translated literally as 'year-sick', describing the Elves' view of old age, which was a concept that they had not encountered before their first meeting with mortal Men.

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