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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Reading Room: They did. At least for some names.: Edit Log


Aug 12, 10:44pm

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They did. At least for some names.

There is the short passages about this in HoME XII Last Writings, though it is inconclusive.

About the name Glorfindel it is said:

At any rate what at first sight may seem the simplest solution must be abandoned: sc. that we have merely a reduplication of names, and that Glorfindel of Gondolin and Glorfindel of Rivendell were different persons. This repetition of so striking a name, though possible, would not be credible. No other major character in the Elvish legends as reported in The Silmarillion and The Lord of the Rings has a name born by another Elvish person of importance.

Although in margin he also wrote:

Why not?

A note about the name Galdor reads:

Galdor also appeared in The Fall of Gondolin, but the name is of a more simple and usual form [than Glorfindel] and might be repeated.

So I don't know what to make of that. He mention Elvish names and not only names of the Eldar, though all the three major names repeated, Glorfindel, Galdor and Legolas were given to Eldar.
The text about Glorfindel makes no mention of why Legolas and/or Galdor would not be considered major characters in the Elvish legends in either The Fall of Gondolin or The Lord if the Rings.
The note about Galdor on the other hand seems to suggest that this was a different kind of name in some unmentioned respect.

So it all seems to be about the names rather than the Elves.

At least Galdor and Legolas were re-used

The Edain indeed used names that were also born by Elves. The name Galdor was used by one of their chieftains.

The Dunedain in the third age also did this. The Stewards of Gondor happily used the names Turgon, Orodreth, Denethor, Dior, Ecthelion and Egalmoth, several of which were names previously used by Eldarin kings.

Yet names like Glorfindel, Fingolfin, Fingon, or Thingol seems not to have been used even by Men.

Anyway, even without mixing Mens customs into it I do not know what the difference is that would make Galdor and Legolas different names from Glorfindel or Egalmoth.

(This post was edited by InTheChair on Aug 12, 10:46pm)

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Post edited by InTheChair (Lorien) on Aug 12, 10:46pm

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