S. Galdor m.
The father of Húrin (S/148). The meaning of this name is unclear, though David Salo suggested it might be a combination of the root GAL¹ “light” and the suffix -dor “lord” (GS/350). It could as also be a name derived from his name language, like those of his youngest son and grandson Huor and Tuor (PM/348, 364 note #49).
Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, G. Galdor was a Noldo lord in Gondolin, lord of the People of the Tree (LT2/215). In the unfinished story “The Lost Road” from the 1930s, the name Galdor or Agaldor was given to an exiled Númenórean in rough notes (LR/77-9). The name N. Galdor appeared in The Etymologies from the 1930s, where its initial element was explained as either the root ᴹ√GAL² “thrive” or ᴹ√GALAD “tree” (Ety/GALA). In Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s, Galdor was an early name for Legolas (TI/148).
Conversely, in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s the name of Húrin’s father was initially N. Gumlin (LR/275).
References ✧ LBI/Gumlin; LotRI; PMI; SI; SMI; UTI; WJ/123; WJI/Galdor, Galion
|√GAL¹||“light; shine, be bright”|
N. Galdor m.
References ✧ Ety/GALA; LRI; RSI; TI/148; TII
|ᴹ√GALA > Galdor > Gallor||[galdor] > [galðor] > [gallor]||✧ Ety/GALA|
G. Galdor m.
References ✧ LBI; LT2/215; LT2A/Galdor; LT2I; PE13/104; PE15/24; SMI