This article is about the Elf of the Grey Havens. For the earlier Man of Dor-lómin, see Galdor.

Galdor was an Elf of the Grey Havens.

Biography Edit

Nothing is known of Galdor's early life except for that he probably lived with Cirdan the Shipwright in the Grey Havens for an unknown period of time.

In the autumn of TA 3018, Galdor was sent by Cirdan to Rivendell on an errand. On October 25, he attended the Council of Elrond. He asked for proof from Gandalf that the Ring Frodo bore was indeed the One Ring of Sauron, and he wanted to know what Saruman's opinion was. Gandalf then told his story of learning the truth about the Ring and his imprisonment by Saruman. When Tom Bombadil was mentioned, Galdor agreed that Tom could not keep the Ring safe, and he wondered whether it could be kept safe at Rivendell or the Havens or Lothlórien or anywhere else. In addition, when the possibility of casting the Ring into the Sea was considered, Galdor warned that Sauron would closely watch the road west and the Ringwraiths will return.[1]

Other versions of the legendarium Edit

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.


Nathan Clark as Galdor

Portrayal in adaptations Edit

Peter Jackson's films Edit

Galdor appears in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as a golden-haired background character, played by Nathan Clark.[4]

Translations around the world Edit

Foreign Language Translated name
Belarusian Cyrillic Галдор з гаваняў
Bulgarian Cyrillic Галдор от убежищата
Chinese (Hong Kong) 加爾多
German Galdor von den Anfurten
Russian Галдор из Гаваней

References Edit

  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XIII: "Last Writings", Glorfindel, note 1
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XII: The Peoples of Middle-earth, chapter XIII: "Last Writings", Glorfindel, note 3
  4. Galdor at The Argonath
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