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Seven Gates of Gondolin

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The Seven Gates of Gondolin were seven mighty gates guarding the Orfalch Echor.

[edit] History

They were built by King Turgon to protect Gondolin from invasion. It was through these that Tuor and Voronwë passed to get into Tumladen.[1] However, it was not through these that the host of Morgoth came in the Fall of Gondolin, as after hearing Ulmo's warning, Turgon closed the doors.[2]

Each of the gates had their own form and special guard. The gates are listed below, from the end of the Orfalch furthest from Gondolin to the one bordering Tumladen.

[edit] See also


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin", pp. 46-50
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"