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Duilin of Gondolin

The name Duilin refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see Duilin (disambiguation).
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Biographical Information
Other namesTuilindo
TitlesLord of the House of the Swallow
DeathF.A. 510
Fall of Gondolin
Physical Description
GalleryImages of Duilin

Duilin was an Elf-lord of Gondolin, chief of the House of the Swallow, as is stated in the Tale of the Fall of Gondolin. He was a master archer, as well as the "swiftest of all men to run and leap". He perished during the Fall upon the walls even as he shot, smitten by a fiery bolt of the Balrogs.[1]

[edit] Etymology

His name means "(spring-singer), swallow" in Gnomish; its Qenya form is Tuilindo.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin", p. 178
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Sí Qente Feanor and Other Elvish Writings", in Parma Eldalamberon XV (edited by Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 22