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Gate of Steel

Gate of Steel
Narfil Palùrfalas - Gate of Steel.jpg
"Gate of Steel" by Narfil Palùrfalas
Other namesLast Gate
LocationOrfalch Echor
AppearanceA mighty fence of steel with seven wide beams, flanked by towers
5th century, First Age

The Gate of Steel or Last Gate was the last of the Seven Gates of Gondolin both in order of entering and construction, having being built by Maeglin some centuries after the other six as an ultimate defence after the disaster of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad. Though all but impassable to an enemy, the Gate ultimately failed to prevent the Fall of Gondolin.

The gate was like a great steel fence across the Orfalch Echor. The fence had seven great needle-like pillars of steel and between these pillars there were seven cross-bars of steel and forty-nine vertical rods with heads like broad blades of spears. In the centre, above the midmost pillar, was raised a mighty image if the king-helm of Turgon, the Crown of the Hidden Kingdom, set about with diamonds. The gate opened inward on either side of the pillar of the Crown. This gate followed the Gate of Gold.[1]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin"