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Galdor of the Havens

The name Galdor refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Galdor (disambiguation).
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"Galdor" by Stephen Schwartz
Biographical Information
LocationGrey Havens
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Galdor

Galdor of the Havens was an Elf who in the Third Age lived in Mithlond under Círdan.


[edit] History

During the War of the Ring he was sent in an errand to Elrond in Rivendell. He was present in the Council of Elrond representing Círdan. He asked about proofs that the ring of the halfling was indeed the Great Ring, and also inquired why Saruman was not with them. It was Gandalf who answered his questions, narrating his story on how he discovered the One Ring, and Saruman's treachery.

In a later point Galdor mentioned that he knew about the figure of Iarwain, and he agreed with Glorfindel that he had not the power to defy Sauron and keep the Ring from him.

Then, he agreed with Gandalf that not even the Sea could hide the Ring for ever. Galdor expected that the Ringwraiths (who were recently defeated in Bruinen) would soon return and Gondor could not stop Sauron from coming all the way to Lindon and reach the Sea. These were the last comments before Elrond decided that the only option is to destroy the Ring in Mount Doom.[1]

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In late writings (see The Peoples of Middle-earth), Tolkien speculated that this Galdor and Galdor of the Tree may have been the same,[2] but he ultimately rejected the notion: if Galdor had remained behind, he would either have completely rejected the call of the Valar, and thus have Fallen, or he would have had to leave and then return like Glorfindel did, which would make him a far more powerful person than his appearance in The Lord of the Rings suggests.[3] For this reason Tolkien speculated that "Galdor" was simply a common Sindarin name.

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

2001-2007: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

A Decipher card identifies one of the Elves at the Council of Elrond in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as Galdor. He was played by Nathan Clark.


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Last Writings", Glorfindel, note 1
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "Last Writings", Glorfindel, note 3