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Dates
Probably born in Valinor during the Years of Trees1, known to be extant in III 3018
Race
Division
Culture
Family
House of Finrod2
Pronunciation
gi'ldor
Meaning
Perhaps 'star brother'
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Gildor Inglorion

An Elf of the House of Finrod

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A High Elf of Noldorin origin, met by Frodo, Pippin and Sam as they set out on their journey to take the Ring to Rivendell.


Notes

1

We're never told anything explicit about Gildor's date of birth, but he tells Frodo 'We are Exiles' (The Fellowship of the Ring I 3). Those words seem to imply that Gildor was among the Noldor who followed Fëanor out of Aman after the Darkening of Valinor.

2

Gildor claims to belong to the House of Finrod, but at the time that passage was written, the name 'Finrod' applied to the character later established as 'Finarfin'. On that reading, Gildor actually belonged to the House of Finarfin (but Tolkien chose not to amend the text after the change of name, so perhaps 'House of Finrod' was intended to stand).

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