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Originated among the Men of Dor-lómin, but dwelt with the Haladin of Brethil
Born into the House of Hador, married into the House of Haleth
glo'rethel ('th' as in English 'these')
Apparently 'Golden Elf'2


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Daughter of Hador the Golden-haired

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Daughter of Hador Lórindol; she wedded Haldir of the Haladin.



Glóredhel's dates are not given in any strictly canonical source. Those given here are taken from a genealogy of the House of Hador in volume 11 of The History of Middle-earth.


Glóredhel's name is never explicitly explained, but it can scarcely be interpreted as anything other than 'golden Elf'. The 'golden' element (glor-) presumably referred to the colour of her hair (golden hair was common among her people, and indeed her father Hador was surnamed Goldenhead). Edhel clearly means 'Elf', but cannot be meant literally, as Glóredhel belonged the race of Men. It must be intended in the sense 'Elf-like', or perhaps reflecting her father's status as the 'peer of Elven-lords' (The Silmarillion 17, Of the Coming of Men into the West).

See also...

Eledhrim, Gundor, Lórindol

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