N. Haldir m. “Hidden Hero”
The son of Orodreth in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/147). In The Etymologies, this name was glossed “Hidden Hero” and given as a combination of hall¹ “hidden” and dîr “man” (Ety/DER, Ety/SKAL¹).
Conceptual Development: This character was first named ᴱN. Halmir in the Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s (LB/75), and the name Halmir also appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s before changing to Haldir (LR/147). In The Etymologies, his name was initially derived from (rejected) haldir “fur-hunter” (EtyAC/SKEL), and Tolkien also considered deriving it from the root ᴹ√KHAL “uplift” (Ety/KHAL²). The son of Orodreth did not appear in later versions of the Silmarillion, but the name Haldir was reused for several other characters.
See S. Haldir for further discussion.
References ✧ Ety/DER, SKAL¹; EtyAC/KHAL², SKEL; LR/147; LRI/Haldir, Halmir; SMI/Halmir; WJI/Haldir¹
|hall¹||“veiled, hidden, shadowed, shady”||✧ Ety/SKAL¹|
|†dîr||“man, adult male; agental suffix”||✧ Ety/DER|
|ᴹ√(N)DER||“adult male, man; bridegroom”||✧ Ety/SKAL¹ (DER)|
|ᴹ√KHAL||“uplift, erect, lift from ground, (make) stand up”||✧ Ety/KHAL²|
|haldir||“fur-hunter”||✧ EtyAC/SKEL (haldir)|
ᴱN. Halmir m.
Reference ✧ LBI/Halmir