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the followers

Hildor pl. noun "the Followers", an Elvish name of Mortal Men as the Second-born of Ilúvatar (WJ:387); sg #Hildo. Hildórien place-name: the land where Men first awoke, like the Elves did at Cuiviénen (Silm, KHIL, PHIR)


collective name. Men, Aftercomers, (lit.) Followers

A name for Men as the second-born children of Ilúvatar, following the elves (S/99). This name is a derivative of the root √KHIL (WJ/386-7) and is related to the word hildë “heir, follower”. This term is only attested in the plural, and it isn’t clear whether the singular term ✱Hildo can be used for a single Man (normally Atan). This name was sometimes glossed “Aftercomers” (S/99), but its other gloss “Followers” (S/103) is a better translation. The gloss “Aftercomers” probably alludes to Apanónar “After-born”, another name for Men.

Conceptual Development: In Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, this term appeared as ᴹQ. Hildi (LR/245). In The Etymologies, the word hildi “followers, mortal men” appeared as a derivative of ᴹ√KHIL (Ety/KHIL), implying a singular form of ✱hilde.

In The Lord of the Rings, the plural term Q. Hildinyar was translated as “my heirs” (LotR/967). When it was written, Tolkien probably intended it to be the same word as Hildi “Men, Followers” (PE17/101, 103). In Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s, this term was first written Hildi (MR/130) but in the late-50s was changed to Hildor (WJ/219). Perhaps Tolkien split these terms, so that Hildor (singular ✱Hildo) was the proper name for Men, while hildi (singular ✱hildë) was the ordinary word for “follower” or “heir”.


  • S. Echil “Followers” ✧ WJ/219; WJI/Echil; WJ/219; WJI/Hildor
  • S. Aphadon “Men, (lit.) Followers” ✧ WJI/Aphadon; WJI/Hildor


  • KHIL “follow (behind)” ✧ PE17/018; PE17/101; SA/khil; WJ/387

Element in

  • Q. Hildórien “*Land of the Followers” ✧ SA/khil
  • Q. Tarcil “High Man, Númenórean” ✧ PE17/018; PE17/101


hildë“heir, follower, heir, follower; [ᴱQ.] child”

Phonetic Developments

KHIL > hildi[kʰildi] > [xildi] > [hildi]✧ PE17/018
KHIL > hildi[kʰildi] > [xildi] > [hildi]✧ PE17/101
khil- > Hildor[kʰildor] > [xildor] > [hildor]✧ SA/khil
KHILI > Hildor[kʰildor] > [xildor] > [hildor]✧ WJ/387


  • Hildi ✧ MR/130; MRI/Hildi
  • hildi ✧ PE17/018; PE17/101; PE17/103
Quenya [LRI/Hildi; LT1I/Hildor; MR/130; MRI/Hildi; PE17/018; PE17/101; PE17/103; S/099; S/103; SA/khil; SI/Aftercomers; SI/Followers; SI/Hildor; SMI/Hildor; WJ/219; WJ/386; WJ/387; WJI/Aphadon; WJI/Echil; WJI/Hildor] Group: Eldamo. Published by



hildi, -hildi noun "followers" (used = mortal men, the Second-born of Ilúvatar) (KHIL) (also Hildor, q.v.). Dat. pl. hildin "for men", a dative pl. occurring in Fíriel's Song. Cf. hildinyar "my heirs", evidently *hildë, hildo "follower, heir" + -inya "my" + -r plural ending (EO)