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feminine name. Tree-lady

An early name for S. Galadriel appearing in Lord of the Rings drafts from the 1940s as a combination of galadh “tree” and the lenited form of rhien “lady” (TI/249). There were also (rejected) variants Rhien and Galdri(e)n.

Conceptual Development: Tolkien soon changed her name to Galadriel (TI/246), but it likely that at this early stage, her name still included galadh “tree”, since Tolkien often represented [ð] with “d” instead of “dh” in Lord of the Rings drafts: compare N. Caradras with S. Caradhras. The derivation of Galadriel’s name from S. galad “light” is probably a later innovation.


  • RhienGaldri(e)n ✧ TI/249
  • Galdri(e)nGaladhrien ✧ TI/249


  • Rhien ✧ TI/249; TII/Galadriel
  • Galdri(e)n ✧ TI/249
  • Galdrin ✧ TII/Galadriel
  • Galdrien ✧ TII/Galadriel
  • Galadrien ✧ TII/Galadriel
Noldorin [TI/249; TII/Galadriel] Group: Eldamo. Published by