In Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nedar is mentioned only twice in the play, and he is Helena's father. Not much else is known or documented about Nedar, but some literary experts have sought to explain the story behind the name. For example, Terence Hawkes, a prominent British Shakespeare scholar who died in 2014, notes that the name Nedar is an anagram, or a rearrangement of the letters, of the name Arden, the name linked with a noble family on Shakespeare's mother's side. Shakespeare may have sought to honor this side of his ancestry with the name Nedar. Hawkes also argues that Nedar may be a reference to the river Neda in Greece, and to the water spirits or nymphs associated with this river. Though this theory is also interesting, there are no other mentions of the river in the play, so its significance is dubious.