masculine name. Hidden Hero
- Halmir → Haldir ✧ LR/147
- Halmir → Haldir ✧ LRI/Halmir
Word Gloss hall “veiled, hidden, shadowed, shady” dîr “man, adult male; agental suffix”
- Halmir ✧ EtyAC/KHAL² (
Halmir); LR/147; LRI/Halmir; SMI/Halmir
- Haldir¹ ✧ WJI/Haldir¹
- N. Haldir “Hidden Hero” ✧ EtyAC/SKEL (
masculine name. Halldir
- Halldir → Haldir ✧ TI/262
- Hathaldir → Halldir ✧ TI/262
- Hathaldir ✧ TI/262; TII/Hathaldir
- Haldir ✧ TI/262; TII/Haldir
The son of Orodreth in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s (LR/147). In The Etymologies, this name was glossed “Hidden Hero” and given as a combination of hall “hidden” and dîr “man” (Ety/DER, Ety/SKAL¹).
Conceptual Development: This character was first named ᴱN. Halmir in the Lays of Beleriand from the 1920s (LB/75), and the name Halmir also appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s before changing to Haldir (LR/147). In The Etymologies, his name was initially derived from (rejected) haldir “fur-hunter” (EtyAC/SKEL), and Tolkien also considered deriving it from the root ᴹ√KHAL “uplift” (Ety/KHAL²). The son of Orodreth did not appear in later versions of the Silmarillion, but the name Haldir was reused for several other characters.