|"Amdir" by Edward Johnson|
|Other names||Malgalad see Etymology|
|Titles||King of Lórien|
|Affiliation||Last Alliance of Elves and Men|
|Language||Sindarin and Silvan|
|Birth||Before F.A. 507 |
|Rule||Until S.A. 3434|
|Death||S.A. 3434 (aged 3517+)|
Battle of Dagorlad
|Gallery||Images of Amdír|
Amdír was one of the Iathrim who spent his early life in Doriath. Following the destruction of Beleriand and the War of Wrath, most of the Noldorin exiles and remnants of the Sindar retreated to Lindon. The Valar reinvited these Elves to Aman, but Amdír, among many others, was unwilling and remained in Lindon. He, along with his son Amroth, established himself in Lórinand, where he would soon lead the princeless Silvan Elves.
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 led a small force of Galadhrim and joined forces with the greater army of Silvan Elves under King Oropher, the ruler of Greenwood the Great who was also a Sinda.
Ill-equipped compared to the Noldor and highly independent, the Silvan Elves suffered heavy losses in the Battle of Dagorlad. Oropher and Amdír, with half of their forces, were cut off from the main force and perished in the Dead Marshes.
The word Amdir, without the long í, is recorded as a word for "Hope", or "looking up", in Sindarin. 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.
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)" and galad, "light, radiance, glittering, reflection (from jewels, glass or polished metal, or water)" or "Golden-tree", from the outdated spelling of galadh.
|AMDÍRd. S.A. 3434|
|Amrothd. T.A. 1981||Nimrodel|
fl. T.A. 1981
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Appendix B: The Sindarin Princes of the Silvan Elves"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Four. Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth: 'The Debate of Finrod and Andreth'"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies" Root DER
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies" Root SMAL
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "The Shibboleth of Fëanor" "The Names of Finwë's Descendants"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies" Root GAL