Idis

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Idis
Rohir
Biographical Information
LocationRohan
LanguageRohirric and Westron
BirthThird Age
Family
HouseHouse of Eorl
ParentageThéoden and Elfhild
SiblingsThéodred
Physical Description
GenderFemale

Idis was the name of Théoden's daughter within an early draft of The Lord of the Rings.[1]

History[edit]

Idis first appeared alongside Éowyn assisting Théoden in Meduseld after Gandalf's triumph against Wormtongue. When Aragorn first saw Éowyn in daylight, she was described as being younger than Idis. Later, when Gandalf asks Théoden who will lead Rohan when they depart to war, Théoden chooses Éowyn, his niece, and not Idis, his daughter; despite Idis being present at that very moment. At the meal before Théoden and his Men depart to war, Idis is not mentioned as Éowyn alone brought wine to the meal. At the same meal, Háma tells Théoden that the House of Eorl would not die with Éomer, as Idis was Théoden's daughter and Éowyn was Éomer's sister. Háma then stated that "All love her. Let her be as lord to the Eorlingas, while we are gone", indicating Éowyn, and Éowyn alone, with Idis never appearing again.[2]

In a very early draft, Idis was originally named Ælflæd, which Christopher Tolkien notes was struck out soon after.[3]

Tolkien eventually discarded Idis when the story of Éowyn overshadowed her.[2]

Etymology[edit]

Christopher Tolkien has noted that Idis is similar to the Old English poetic word ides ("woman, lady").[3]

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
Thengel
2905 - 2980
 
Morwen Steelsheen
b. 2922
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elfhild
d. 2978
 
Théoden
2948 - 3019
 
three daughters
unknown
 
Théodwyn
2963 - 3002
 
Éomund
d. 3002
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
IDIS
b. before 2995 - unkown
 
Théodred
2978 - 3019
 
Lothíriel
b. 2999
 
Éomer
2991 - Fo.A. 63
 
Éowyn
b. 2995 - Between Fo.A. 11 and 63
 
Faramir
2983 - Fo.A. 82
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elfwine
unknown
 
 
 
 
 
Elboron
unknown
 


References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "Index", entry Idis, p. 484
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "XXVI. The King of the Golden Hall", pp. 445, 447
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Treason of Isengard, "XXVI. The King of the Golden Hall", Notes, note 15, p. 450