Galdor (elf of Gondolin)
|"Galdor" by Natalie Chen|
|Other names||Galdor of the Tree, Aldaron (Q)|
|Titles||Lord of the house of the Tree|
|Location||Gondolin, Mouth of Sirion, Tol Eressëa|
|House||House of the Tree|
|Gallery||Images of Galdor|
He was the lord of the folk of the Tree, and like them he probably carried either a great club or spear, and wore green. He was said to be the bravest of the Gondothlim, save King Turgon himself.:173
When the Fall of Gondolin began, he and his folk were near the northern gate, where Gothmog led the main attack of Melko's armies. When the gates fell, he jumped upon the enemies with his folk and the house of the Hammer of Wrath.:176 But after Rog and those of the Hammer died outside the walls, the folk of the Tree retreated to the Square of the Folkwell. There they fought under the Arch of Inwë until Tuor entered the square carrying Ecthelion and being pursued by Orcs. "There did Galdor become the salvation of Tuor", because "the Orcs had taken them both but for the sudden rush of that champion and the dint of his club.":181-2
He joined the exiles of Gondolin, and after crossing Idril's secret way, he encouraged them to run to the Encircling Mountains before the sunrise.:189 When they reached the Cristhorn, he led a group of men ahead of the survivors. They were the first on crossing the narrow pass and had to fight against an ambush of the Orcs.:191-3
Galdor lived later in the mouth of Sirion and survive the battle that Melko made against the people dwelling there. It is said that he later visited the ruins of Gondolin with Eärendel and now lives in Tol Eressëa, where he still has followers.
Other versions of the legendarium
In late writings, Tolkien considered that Galdor of Gondolin and Galdor of the Havens may have been the same, but ultimately rejected the notion. If Galdor had remained behind, he would either have completely rejected the call of the Valar, and thus had 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. For this reason Tolkien speculated that Galdor was simply a common Sindarin name.
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "III. The Fall of Gondolin"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "III. The Fall of Gondolin": "Notes and Commentary", p. 215
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies", entries "GALA", "GALAD"
- J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Alphabet of Rúmil & Early Noldorin Fragments", in Parma Eldalamberon XIII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 104
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part One, "III. The Coming of the Valar and the Building of Valinor", p. 66
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "VI. The History of Eriol or Ælfwine and the End of the Tales", pp. 278-9
- J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XIII. Last Writings", Glorfindel, pp. 387-8, notes 1 & 3
|Twelve houses of the Gondothlim|
|King (leader: Turgon) · Wing (Tuor) · Mole (Meglin) · Swallow (Duilin) · Heavenly Arch (Egalmoth) · Pillar (Penlod) · Tower of Snow (Penlod) · Tree (Galdor) · Golden Flower (Glorfindel) · Fountain (Ecthelion) · Harp (Salgant) · Hammer of Wrath (Rog)|