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Biographical Information
PositionChief of the House of the Harp
Physical Description

Salgant was an Elf-lord of Gondolin.

[edit] History

Salgant was the chief of the House of the Harp, who bore the emblem of a golden harp upon a sable field. He was said to be heavy and squat, and he "fawned upon Meglin".

He and Meglin alone convinced Turgon to hold the city and guard the treasures, and though Meglin spoke he backed him up. But later when Meglin revealed his plots to Salgant, Salgant became frightened, and "lay... aquake on his bed". During the fall Turgon ordered him to the Great Market to reinforce Glorfindel and the House of the Golden Flower. But in his treachery he ordered them to the Lesser Market, though his men rebelled.

It is suggested that he either perished in the Fall or became a buffoon of Melko, "an ill fate for a noble of the good race of the Gnomes". It is said later that a young Eärendel mourned him, because he had "told him quaint tales or played drolleries with him at time".[1]

[edit] Note

The early character of Salgant appears quite unlike how Tolkien envisioned Elves in his later works. No Elf is described again as heavy and squat. However, as Tolkien did not revise The Fall of Gondolin, it cannot be known if Salgant would remain. Later, Tolkien wished to change the name from Salgant to Talagand.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin", p. 190
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Lost Road and Other Writings, "Part Three: The Etymologies", entry ÑGAL-