N. Galadhrien f. “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 the drafts: compare N. Caradras with S. Caradhras. The derivation of her name from S. galad “light” is probably a later innovation, though exactly when Tolkien made this transition is unclear.
References ✧ TI/249; TII/Galadriel
|galadh||“tree”||✧ TI/249 (Galað)|
|rhien||“(crowned) lady”||✧ TI/249|