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Biographical Information
Other namesLórindol, the Golden-haired
TitlesFirst Lord of Dor-lómin
LanguageMannish dialect, Sindarin[1]
BirthF.A. 390[2]
Foothills of the Ered Wethrin
RuleF.A. 416-455
DeathF.A. 455 (aged 65)
Eithel Sirion
HouseHouse of Hador
ChildrenGlóredhel, Galdor, Gundor
Physical Description
Hair colorGolden[1]
Eye colorBlue[1]
ClothingHelm of Hador
GalleryImages of Hador

Hador Lórindol was a Man, the founder of the House of Hador which was the Third House of the Edain. He was the son of Hathol who was the great-grandson of Marach their forefather. Hador and his wife Gildis had three children: the first child was their only daughter Glóredhel, the second child was their elder son Galdor, and the third child was their younger son Gundor.[3]


[edit] History

Hador's ancestor, Malach, spent 14 years in the Kingdom of Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, and became friendly with the Elves. Although neither Hador's grandfather Magor nor his father Hathol served under any Elf-lord,[3] Hador entered Fingolfin's household and was beloved by the king.[1] In F.A. 416 Fingolfin granted Hador a hereditary fiefdom in Dor-lómin, where he gathered most of the people of his kin, thus forming the noble House of Hador.[4] To celebrate the event, prince Fingon presented him with the Dragon-helm of Dor-lómin, for whom it was also called the Helm of Hador.[5]

Noble Hador was remembered as an Elf-friend (in his household only Elvish was spoken), the greatest chieftain of the Edain and peer of Elven-lords, and his House became the greatest of the Three Houses of the Edain. He ruled Dor-lómin for 32 years until the Dagor Bragollach. He commanded the rearguard of his liege Fingolfin at the spring of Eithel Sirion, but was slain along with his youngest son Gundor. In his honor, his descendants would call themselves the House of Hador.[6]

[edit] Etymology

For the etymology of Hador, see the article hador (word).

Hador's epithet, Lórindol, is the lenited form of Glórindol,[7] which is Sindarin for "Goldenhead", from glaur ("golden") and dol ("head"),[8] a reference to his golden hair. It was a trait shared by many other members of his House.

[edit] Genealogy

b. F.A. 341
b. 365
390 - 455
414 - 472
415 - 472
417 - 462
b. 420
419 - 455
441 - 495
441 - 502
444 - 472

[edit] Other versions of the legendarium

In an earlier version it was Hador Lórindol who led the people of the third house of the Edain across the Ered Luin into Beleriand; this was changed so that Hador became Marach's descendant of the fourth generation.[3]

In both the Grey Annals[2] and The folk of Marach family tree in The War of the Jewels[3] Hador's date of birth was given as F.A. 390 while his date of death was F.A. 455, which meant that he lived for 65 years. However, in The Silmarillion it is said that when he died he was "sixty and six years of age".[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §123
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "Part Two. The Later Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Coming of Men into the West (Chapter 14)", Commentary, (ii) The House of Hador
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The War of the Jewels, "The Grey Annals": §136
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Children of Húrin, "The Words of Húrin and Morgoth"
  6. 6.0 6.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin"
  7. Paul Strack, "S. Glórindol m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 7 March 2020)
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names", entries dol, laurë
House of Hador
Born: F.A. 390 Died: F.A. 455
Position created
Lord of Dor-lómin
F.A. 416455
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