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The name Amdír refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Amdir (disambiguation).
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Biographical Information
Other namesMalgalad see Etymology
TitlesLord of Lórinand
LocationDoriath,[source?] Lórinand
AffiliationLast Alliance of Elves and Men
LanguageSindarin and Silvan
Ruleuntil S.A. 3434
DeathS.A. 3434
Battle of Dagorlad
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Amdír
Amdír, also called Malagalad,[1] was a Sindarin Elf of Doriath, who later became the King of Lórien.


After the War of Wrath, Amdír came from Beleriand with his son Amroth, and established himself in Lórinand, where he would soon lead the princeless Silvan Elves.[2]

Peace lasted, until the Downfall of Númenor and the subsequent return of Sauron to Middle-earth. Though he answered the call of Gil-galad to the War of the Last Alliance, he did not serve under the High King of the Noldor. Instead, he joined forces with the Sinda Oropher of Greenwood the Great.

Ill-equipped and highly independent, Oropher and Amdír were driven back into the Dead Marshes and slain. Thranduil, the son of Oropher, returned home with less than a third of his original force.[1]


The word Amdir, without the long í, is recorded as a word for "Hope", or "looking up", in Sindarin.[3] The King of Lórien is called Malgalad in one text, detailing the fate of the Sindarin kings in the Battle of Dagorlad. Christopher Tolkien argues that, since they are contemporaries and both described as Kings that died in the Battle of Dagorlad, they are likely the same.[1] It is unclear however which form was abandoned. Malgalad likely means "Gold-shine", from malt, "gold (the metal)"[4] and galad, "light, radiance, glittering, reflection (from jewels, glass or polished metal, or water)"[5] or "Golden-tree", from the outdated spelling of galadh.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix B: The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Four. Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth: 'The Debate of Finrod and Andreth'"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "The Etymologies", Root SMAL
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor", "The Names of Finwë's Descendants"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "The Etymologies", Root GAL