S. Glorfindel m. “Golden-hair”
A Noldorin hero of the First and Third Age (S/194, LotR/209), possibly the same individual (PM/377-384). His name is translated “Golden-hair”, a combination of glaur “gold” and †findel “head of hair” (PE17/17, 34), ultimately derived from his Quenya name Laurefindele (PE17/119). The ancient nature of this name is indicated by the fact that the medial nd had not yet become nn as was usual in Sindarin (LotR/1115).
Conceptual Development: The name G. Glorfindel appeared in the earliest Lost Tales, translated “Goldtress” (LT2/216). Several variant forms appeared in the contemporaneous Gnomish Lexicon: Glorfinnl amd Glorfingl, translated “Goldlocks” (GL/40). The name remained N. Glorfindel in Silmarillion drafts (SM/37, LR/142) as well as The Etymologies from the 1930s, with essentially the same derivation as the one given above (Ety/LÁWAR, SPIN). In some Notes on Names (NN) from the 1957, Tolkien experimented with inverting the name to Finglor (PE17/119).
References ✧ LotRI; PE17/17, 119; PMI; SA/fin, laurë; SI; UTI; WJI
|glaur||“gold [light or colour]”||✧ PE17/17; PE17/17|
|finnel||“head of hair, fax, mass of long hair; having fine or beautiful hair”||✧ PE17/17 (†findel)|
|✶spindilā||“head of hair”||✧ PE17/17 (phin-dela)|
|fîn||“(single) hair, filament”||✧ SA/fin (fin-)|
N. Glorfindel m.
References ✧ Ety/LÁWAR, PHIN, SPIN; EtyAC/LÁWAR; LRI; RSI; SMI; TII
|glaur||“gold”||✧ Ety/LÁWAR (glor-)|
|finnel||“(braided) hair”||✧ Ety/SPIN|
|ᴹ√SPIN||“*hair”||✧ Ety/LÁWAR; Ety/PHIN|
G. Glorfindel m. “Gold-tress, Goldlocks”
References ✧ GL/40; LBI; LT2/216; LT2A/Glorfindel; LT2I; PE13/104; PE15/25
|glôr||“gold”||✧ GL/40; LT2A/Glorfalc (Glor); PE15/25 (Glor)|
|findel||“tress”||✧ LT2A/Glorfindel (findel)|
|finn||“lock of hair”||✧ LT2A/Glorfindel|