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<center>{{quote|But they of the Heavenly Arch being a folk of uncounted wealth were arrayed in a glory of colors.|''[[The Book of Lost Tales Part Two]]'', "[[The Fall of Gondolin (chapter)|The Fall of Gondolin]]"}}</center>
  
The '''House of the Heavenly Arch''' was one of the [[Twelve Houses of the Gondolindrim]], led by [[Egalmoth]].  They were a folk of "unaccounted wealth", and were arrayed in many bright colors, for the "heavenly arch" referred to a rainbow.  Their arms were set with jewels that flamed in the light over the sky.  Every shield of that battalion was of the blue of the heavens and its boss a jewel built of seven gems: rubies, amethysts, sapphires, emeralds, chrysoprases, topazes, and amber.  An opal of great size was set in each of their helms.  They were great swordsmen, but also great archers, and with the [[House of the Swallow]] defended the walls of Gondolin during the [[Fall of Gondolin]] in its northern part, pouring clouds of arrows over the hosts of [[Orcs]]. Slowly the battle was lost and they retreated towards the [[Square of the King]], the survivors being gathered together by [[Tuor]] along with those from the [[House of the Swallow]]. Few of the Heavenly Arch escaped the burning Gondolin and most likely dwelt with Egalmoth at the [[Mouths of Sirion]].<ref>{{LT2|III}}</ref>
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The '''House of the Heavenly Arch''' 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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Their leader was [[Egalmoth]]. They were a folk of "unaccounted wealth", and were arrayed in many bright colors, for the "heavenly arch" referred to a rainbow. Their arms were set with jewels that flamed in the light over the sky.  Every shield of that battalion was of the blue of the heavens and its boss a jewel built of seven gems: rubies, amethysts, sapphires, emeralds, chrysoprases, topazes, and amber. An opal of great size was set in each of their helms. They were great swordsmen, but also great archers.
  
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* [[Egalmoth|Egalmoth of the Heavenly Arch]]
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During the [[Fall of Gondolin]], they fought with the [[House of the Swallow]], defending the walls of Gondolin in its northern part, pouring clouds of arrows over the hosts of [[Orcs]]. Slowly the battle was lost and they retreated towards the [[Square of the King]], the survivors being gathered together by [[Tuor]] along with those from the [[House of the Swallow]]. Few of the Heavenly Arch escaped the burning Gondolin and most likely dwelt with Egalmoth at the [[Mouths of Sirion]].<ref>{{LT2|III}}</ref>
  
 
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Revision as of 09:09, 6 June 2020

House of the Heavenly Arch
Noble House
Rondador - House of the Heavenly Arch.png
General Information
Other namesFolk of the Heavenly Arch
LocationsGondolin
"But they of the Heavenly Arch being a folk of uncounted wealth were arrayed in a glory of colors."
The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "The Fall of Gondolin"

The House of the Heavenly Arch 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 leader was Egalmoth. They were a folk of "unaccounted wealth", and were arrayed in many bright colors, for the "heavenly arch" referred to a rainbow. Their arms were set with jewels that flamed in the light over the sky. Every shield of that battalion was of the blue of the heavens and its boss a jewel built of seven gems: rubies, amethysts, sapphires, emeralds, chrysoprases, topazes, and amber. An opal of great size was set in each of their helms. They were great swordsmen, but also great archers.


During the Fall of Gondolin, they fought with the House of the Swallow, defending the walls of Gondolin in its northern part, pouring clouds of arrows over the hosts of Orcs. Slowly the battle was lost and they retreated towards the Square of the King, the survivors being gathered together by Tuor along with those from the House of the Swallow. Few of the Heavenly Arch escaped the burning Gondolin and most likely dwelt with Egalmoth at the Mouths of Sirion.[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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