S. Glorfindel m. “Golden-hair”

S. Glorfindel, m. “Golden-hair”

A Noldorin hero of the First and Third Age (S/194, LotR/209), possibly the same individual (PM/377-384). His name is translated “Golden-hair”, a combination of glaur “gold” and findel “head of hair” (PE17/17, 34), ultimately derived from his Quenya name Laurefindele (PE17/119).

Conceptual Development: The name G. Glorfindel appeared in the earliest Lost Tales, translated “Goldtress” (LT2/216). Several variant forms appeared in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon: Glorfinnl amd Glorfingl, translated “Goldlocks” (GL/40). The name remained N. Glorfindel in Silmarillion drafts (SM/37, LR/142) as well as The Etymologies from the 1930s, with essentially the same derivation as the one given above (Ety/LÁWAR, SPIN). In some notes from the 1950s, Tolkien experimented with inverting the name to Finglor (PE17/119).

References ✧ LotRI; PE17/17, 119; PMI; SA/fin, laurë; SI; UTI; WJI

Glosses

Variations

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Elements

glaur “gold [light or colour]” ✧ PE17/17; PE17/17
findel “having fine or beautiful hair; head of hair, fax, mass of long hair” ✧ PE17/17 (†findel)
spindilā “head of hair” ✧ PE17/17 (phin-dela)
fîn “(single) hair, filament” ✧ SA/fin (fin-)

Cognates


N. Glorfindel m.

See S. Glorfindel for discussion.

References ✧ Ety/LÁWAR, PHIN, SPIN; EtyAC/LÁWAR; LRI; RSI; SMI; TII

Variations

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Elements

glaur “gold” ✧ Ety/LÁWAR (glor-)
finnel “(braided) hair” ✧ Ety/SPIN
ᴹ√SPIN “*hair” ✧ Ety/LÁWAR; Ety/PHIN

G. Glorfindel m. “Gold-tress, Goldlocks”

References ✧ GL/40; LBI; LT2/216; LT2A/Glorfindel; LT2I; PE13/104; PE15/25

Glosses

Variations

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Elements

glôr “gold” ✧ GL/40; LT2A/Glorfalc (Glor); PE15/25 (Glor)
finn “lock of hair, tress” ✧ LT2A/Glorfindel (findel); LT2A/Glorfindel
fingl “tress” ✧ LT2A/Glorfindel

Cognates