Q. Eldacar m. “Elfhelm”

Q. Eldacar, m. “Elfhelm”

The name of the 4th king of Arnor and the 21st kings of Gondor (LotR/1038), it is a compound of Elda “Elf” and the suffixal form -car of carma¹ “helm”.

Conceptual Development: In the draft versions of The Lord of the Rings, ᴹQ. Eldakar was considered as a name for Aragorn’s father, where it was glossed “Elfhelm” (TI/366). An even earlier precursor of the name appears in The Etymologies: ᴹQ. Eldahar, where the second element is derived from the root ᴹ√KHAR “helmet” (EtyAC/KHAR).

References ✧ LotRI; PE17/114; PMI/Eldakar



Elda “Elf, (lit.) one of the Star-folk”
carma¹ “helm” ✧ PE17/114 (-kar)


Phonetic Developments

Eldă-kāzā > Eldă-kār(ă) > Eldacar [Eldakāsā] > [Eldakāzā] > [Eldakāza] > [Eldakaz] > [Eldakar] ✧ PE17/114

ᴹQ. Eldakar m. “Elfhelm”

An early name for Arathorn (TI/366). See Q. Eldacar for its later development.

References ✧ TI/366; TII




Elda “Elf”
kár “head”

ᴹQ. Eldahar m.

A possible precursor of Q. Eldacar; see that entry for discussion.

Reference ✧ EtyAC/KHAR


Elda “Elf”
ᴹ√KHAR “helmet” ✧ EtyAC/KHAR