"Indeed, it is said by our lore-masters that they have from of old this affinity with us that they are come from those same Three Houses of Men as were the Numenoreans in their beginning; not from Hador the Goldenhaired, the eElf-friend, maybe, yet from such of his sons and people as went not over Sea into the West, refusing the call. "
'I am Gildor', answered their leader, the Elf who had first hailed him. 'Gildor Inglorion of the House of Finrod. We are Exiles, and most of our kindred have long ago departed and we too are now only tarrying here awhile, ere we return over the Great Sea. But some of our kinsfolk dwell still in peace in Rivendell'
Sam could never describe in words, nor picture clearly to himself, what he felt or thought that night, thought it remained in his memory as one of the chief events of his life.
‘Yes sir. I don’t know how to say it, but after last night I feel different. I seem to see ahead, in a kind of way. I know we are going to take a very long road, into darkness; but I know I can’t turn back. It isn’t to see Elves now, nor dragons, nor mountains, that I want – I don’t rightly know what I want: but I have something to do before the end, and it lies ahead, not in the Shire. I must see it through, sir, if you understand me.’
"In the morning we shall have gone; but we will send our messages through the lands. The Wandering Companies shall know of your journey, and those that have power for good shall be on the watch." - Gildor
"It was no plan of mine, though I was waiting for you. We heard news of you, and learned that you were wandering. We guessed you'd come ere long down to the water: all paths lead that way, down to Withywindle." -Tom Bombadillo
Isn't he the heir of Finrod? I thik he told frodo or something in 'Three is Company.' I know he mentioned Finrod.
Inglorion likely means (but technically need not necessarily mean) 'son [or descendant] of Inglor' but yes Gildor is of the House of Finrod, as already noted.
So who is Inglor of the House of Finrod? And should it not be the House of Finarfin rather?
This has to do with Tolkien niggling between first and second editions. When Tolkien wrote this statement, and published it, Finrod was the father of Galadriel and Inglor Felagund, and Finrod had remained in Aman. In a sense 'Finrod' was Finarfin at this point, so in a sense Tolkien 'really' meant 'of the house of Finarfin'.
Later Inglor Felagund becomes Finrod Felagund, and Finrod father of Galadriel becomes Finarfin... but Tolkien did not change (obviously) this text concerning Gildor Inglorion of the House of Finrod.
He maybe saw no great reason to, and perhaps (from an internal perspective) Finrod had become so well known in Middle-earth that one could say 'House of Finrod' instead of House of Finarfin. And Inglor can be some unknown Elf in any case.
The question that has intrigued folks since this change came to light is: did Tolkien once consider Gildor as the son or descendant of Inglor Felagund himself -- that is, the famed Elf who was later [externally] named Finrod Felagund?
In any case Tolkien knew that no one knew that Finrod was once named Inglor. Now we know, but Tolkien could not have known that we would someday know.
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