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Poldórëa adj. "Valiant"; as title of Tulkas replaced by Astaldo (POL/POLOD, MR:146, 149. In GL:64, poldórëa is glossed "mighty", in QL:75, "muscular".)


masculine name. Valiant; Breaker up of the Hard/Tough


  • PoldórëaAstaldo ✧ MR/149
  • PoldórëaAstaldo ✧ MRI/Astaldo
  • PoldórëaAstaldo “Valiant” ✧ MRI/Poldórëa


  • Poldórea ✧ MR/146; PE17/181
  • Poldor ✧ PE17/181
  • Poldorno ✧ PE17/181
Quenya [MR/146; MR/149; MRI/Astaldo; MRI/Poldórëa; PE17/181] Group: Eldamo. Published by


strong, burly

poldorë noun? (not glossed, derived from polda "strong, burly": possibly "strength" as an abstract) (POL/POLOD)


breaker up of the hard / tough

Poldor, Poldomo noun "breaker up of the hard / tough", Poldor- "land-breaker?", variant forms of Poldórëa, q.v., introduced at a time when Tolkien did not want the root POL to refer to strength or mightiness (PE17:181), cf. polda from an earlier source.


the valiant

Astaldo noun "the Valiant", a title of Tulkas (Silm, MR:438); replaced Poldórëa.


masculine name. Valiant

The sobriquet of Tulkas (S/28), a masculinized form of the adjective astalda “strong” (PE17/115).

Conceptual Development: In the earliest Lost Tales, the sobriquet of Tulkas was ᴱQ. Poldórea (LT1/79), which was the adjective ᴱQ. poldórea “muscular” used as a name (QL/75). The name ᴹQ. Poldórea still appeared in Silmarillion drafts from the 1930s, variously glossed “Strong One” or “Valiant” (SM/79, LR/206). It appeared in The Etymologies as an adjectival form of ᴹQ. poldore “physical strength; might” from the root ᴹ√POL(OD) “physically strong” (Ety/POL).

In later writings, the name Q. Poldórëa appeared in Tolkien’s Words, Phrases and Passages from the Lord of the Rings from the 1950s, along with variants Poldor and Poldorno, where he considered a new meaning for this name as “breaker up of the hard/tough” with its second element coming from the root √DOR “hard” (PE17/181). Ultimately, though the name was changed to Astaldo in Silmarillion revisions from the 1950s-60s (MR/149).


astalda“strong, *valiant”
Quenya [LT1/080; LT1I/Astaldo; MR/149; MRI/Astaldo; MRI/Poldórëa; S/028; SI/Astaldo; SI/Tulkas] Group: Eldamo. Published by


strong, powerful (in body) finwë

Turcafinwë masc. name, "strong, powerful (in body) Finwë", masc. name; he was called Celegorm in Sindarin. Short Quenya name Turco. (PM:352), compare #turco "chief" (q.v.)