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Amdír

The name Amdír refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Amdir (disambiguation).
Amdír
Sinda
Edward Johnson - Amdir.jpg
"Amdir" by Edward Johnson
Biographical Information
Other namesSee Etymology
TitlesKing of Lórien
LocationLórinand
AffiliationLast Alliance of Elves and Men
LanguageSindarin, Silvan Elvish
BirthBefore S.A. 730
RuleUntil S.A. 3434
DeathS.A. 3434 (aged 2704+)
Battle of Dagorlad
Family
ChildrenAmroth
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Amdír
Amdír, also called Malgalad, was the father of Amroth and the first-known King of Lórien of Sindarin descent.[1]

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[edit] History

Little is known of Amdír save that Aldarion visited the land of his son Amroth in about S.A. 730 so Amdír would have certainly predated that date.[note 1][2]

Peace and obscurity in his realm lasted until the Downfall of Númenor and the subsequent return of Sauron to Middle-earth.[1] Though he answered the call of Gil-galad to the War of the Last Alliance, he was not disposed to serve under the High King of the Noldor. Instead, he led a small force of Galadhrim and joined forces with the greater army of Silvan Elves under King Oropher, the Sindarin-lord of the Woodland Realm.[3]

Ill-equipped compared to the Noldor and highly independent, the Silvan Elves suffered heavy losses in the Battle of Dagorlad. It was there that Amdír and more than half his army perished, being cut off from the main host and driven into the Dead Marshes.[3]

[edit] Etymology

The word Amdir, without the long í, is recorded as a word for "Hope", or "looking up", in Sindarin.[4] However, the name Amdír with a long i may rather possibly derive from a shortened form of Sindarin dîr (meaning an "adult male"), chiefly used as ending in proper names.[5]

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. It is unclear however which form was abandoned. Malgalad likely means "Gold-shine", from malt, "gold (the metal)"[6] and galad, "light, radiance, glittering, reflection (from jewels, glass or polished metal, or water)"[7] or "Golden-tree", from the outdated spelling of galadh.[8]

[edit] Genealogy

AMDÍR
d. S.A. 3434
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amroth
d. T.A. 1981
 
Nimrodel
fl. T.A. 1981
 
 


[edit] Notes

  1. It seems likely that given his Sindarin descent, that he was part of the wave of Sindar who spread out eastwards across Middle-earth in the early Second Age, settling among and ruling the Silvan Elves who lived in regions such as Lórinand but this is not known for sure.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Aldarion and Erendis: The Mariner's Wife", note 6
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix B: The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Four. Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth: 'The Debate of Finrod and Andreth'"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies" Root DER
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies" Root SMAL
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "XI. The Shibboleth of Fëanor" "The Names of Finwë's Descendants"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, Part Three: "The Etymologies" Root GAL