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Biographical Information
LanguageDoriathrin (Sindarin dialect)
HouseA member of the royal house of Doriath
Physical Description

Galathil was a grandson of King Thingol's brother Elmo, and himself the brother of Celeborn, the Lord of Lórien. His daughter Nimloth wedded Dior, Thingol's Heir, and so Galathil was a distant ancestor of both Elrond and Aragorn.[1]

[edit] Etymology

Galathil and his close kin shared names with the White Trees.[2][3]:147-8

The conception of this name was based on Tolkien's idea that Celeborn's name was first devised to mean 'Silver Tree', and his close kin all had 'tree-names'.[2] Although he later changed what he wanted Celeborn's name to mean, refering to 'silver' and 'tall' from the adjective ornā (uprising, tall) instead of 'silver' and tree' from the noun ornē (tree), he did not revise the name meanings of his close kin.[2]

Based on Tolkien's original version of the family's names, Galathil is a name that can be seen in the tree name Galathilion, which was another name for Telperion. This was also the name of the White Tree of Tirion, 'Galathilion the Less', and its seedlings were Celeborn in Eressëa and Nimloth in Númenor.[3]:147-8 In The Lord of the Rings, Galathilion was the tree of Tol Eressëa, and Nimloth was its seedling.[4][3]:163-4


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix E: The Names of Celeborn and Galadriel"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "V. The History of the Akallabêth"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"