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Galdor of the Havens

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The name Galdor refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Galdor (disambiguation).
Galdor by Stephen Schwartz

During the Third Age, Galdor of the Havens lived with Círdan in Mithlond. He was Círdan's messenger to the Council of Elrond.[1]

Other Versions of the Legendarium

In late writings (see The Peoples of Middle-earth), Tolkien speculated that this Galdor and Galdor of the Tree may have been the same,[2] but he ultimately rejected the notion: if Galdor had remained behind, he would either have completely rejected the call of the Valar, and thus have Fallen, or he would have had to leave and then return like Glorfindel did, which would make him a far more powerful person than his appearance in The Lord of the Rings suggests.[3] For this reason Tolkien speculated that "Galdor" was simply a common Sindarin name.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Last Writings", Glorfindel, note 1
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Last Writings", Glorfindel, note 3