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<center>{{quote|Now marched these folk to a great playing of their flutes, and the crystal and silver of their array was most lovely to see amid the red light of the fires and the blackness of the ruins.|''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part Two]]'', "[[The Fall of Gondolin (chapter)|The Fall of Gondolin]]"}}</center>
  
The '''House of the Fountain''' was one of the [[Twelve Houses of the Gondolindrim]], whose Lord was [[Ecthelion|Ecthelion of the Fountain]]. They were said to find delight in silver and diamonds, and their swords were long and bright and pale.  The People of the Fountain of the South, as they were also called, went into battle accompanied by the sweet music of their flutes.  
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The '''House of the Fountain''' was one of the [[Twelve Houses of the Gondothlim]], according to the early version of the [[Legendarium]] in ''[[The Book of the Lost Tales]]''.
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==History==
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Their Lord was [[Ecthelion|Ecthelion of the Fountain]]. They were said to find delight in silver and diamonds, and their swords were long and bright and pale.  The People of the Fountain of the South, as they were also called, went into battle accompanied by the sweet music of their flutes.  
  
 
During the [[Fall of Gondolin]], which took place in {{FA|510}}, they were held in reserve by [[Turgon]], who unleashed them after the [[Balrogs]] made a breach in the wall. They made their entrance from the South part of the city and slew a great number of foes. As Balrogs and [[Dragons]] led an army who outnumbered them, the People of the Fountain began retreat towards the [[Square of the King]]. Most likely, the House of the Fountain soon dissolved after the death of Ecthelion at the [[Fountain of the King]], since there is no mention of it afterwards.<ref>{{LT2|III}}</ref>
 
During the [[Fall of Gondolin]], which took place in {{FA|510}}, they were held in reserve by [[Turgon]], who unleashed them after the [[Balrogs]] made a breach in the wall. They made their entrance from the South part of the city and slew a great number of foes. As Balrogs and [[Dragons]] led an army who outnumbered them, the People of the Fountain began retreat towards the [[Square of the King]]. Most likely, the House of the Fountain soon dissolved after the death of Ecthelion at the [[Fountain of the King]], since there is no mention of it afterwards.<ref>{{LT2|III}}</ref>
 
==See also==
 
 
* [[Twelve Houses of the Gondolindrim]]
 
* [[Ecthelion|Ecthelion of the Fountain]]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 13:26, 5 June 2020

House of the Fountain
Noble House
Rondador - House of the Fountain.png
General Information
Other namesFolk of the Fountain
LeaderEcthelion
LocationsGondolin
DestroyedCompletely
Fall of Gondolin
Physical Description
RaceNoldoli
"Now marched these folk to a great playing of their flutes, and the crystal and silver of their array was most lovely to see amid the red light of the fires and the blackness of the ruins."
The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin"

The House of the Fountain was one of the Twelve Houses of the Gondothlim, according to the early version of the Legendarium in The Book of the Lost Tales.

History

Their Lord was Ecthelion of the Fountain. They were said to find delight in silver and diamonds, and their swords were long and bright and pale. The People of the Fountain of the South, as they were also called, went into battle accompanied by the sweet music of their flutes.

During the Fall of Gondolin, which took place in F.A. 510, they were held in reserve by Turgon, who unleashed them after the Balrogs made a breach in the wall. They made their entrance from the South part of the city and slew a great number of foes. As Balrogs and Dragons led an army who outnumbered them, the People of the Fountain began retreat towards the Square of the King. Most likely, the House of the Fountain soon dissolved after the death of Ecthelion at the Fountain of the King, since there is no mention of it afterwards.[1]

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "III. The Fall of Gondolin"
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