Galdor was an Elf of the Grey Havens.


Virtually nothing is known of Galdor's early life only that he probably lived with Cirdan the Shipwright in the Grey Havens for an unknown period of time.

In the autumn of TA 3018, Galdor was sent by Cirdan to Rivendell on an errand. On October 25, Galdor attended the Council of Elrond. He asked for proof from Gandalf that the Ring that Frodo bore was indeed the One Ring of Sauron, and he wanted to know what Saruman's opinion was. Gandalf then told his story of learning the truth about the Ring and his imprisonment by Saruman. When Tom Bombadil was mentioned, Galdor agreed that Tom could not keep the Ring safe, and he wondered whether it could be kept safe at Rivendell or the Havens or Lothlórien or anywhere else. In addition, when the possibility of casting the Ring into the Sea was considered, Galdor warned that Sauron would closely watch the road west and the Ringwraiths will return. [1]

Other Versions of the LegendariumEdit

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.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 加爾多

Portrayal in adaptationsEdit

Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the RingEdit

Galdor appeared in The Fellowship of the Ring as a background character played by Nathan Clark.[4]


  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
  2. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XIII: "Last Writings", Glorfindel, note 1
  3. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XIII: "Last Writings", Glorfindel, note 3
  4. Galdor at The Argonath

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