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The Fall of Gondolin by Jian Guo and Aglargon

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Coauthored: Art and design by Jian Guo (breathing2004 ©) & Heraldry by Aglargon  - Particular design for book on Heraldry and Tolkien (Brazil).

Gondolin had long been a hidden city, heavily fortified and cut off from the Noldor's allies and enemies alike. The Elf Maeglin, a lord of Gondolin, resented both Turgon and Tuor, primarily because of the latter's marriage to Idril, whom he desired as a lover. After an argument, he set out from Gondolin into the mountains, searching for ore. Orcs captured him, and he pleaded with and bribed them to bring him to Morgoth rather than kill or torture him. Morgoth recognized him, and told him he would make Maeglin ruler of Gondolin and husband of Idril if he betrayed them and gave Morgoth information on how to gain access to the city. Maeglin agreed to the treachery, and was given a token by Morgoth that would supposedly protect his life during the assault. Maeglin returned to the city and spoke nothing of his capture. Idril noticed a change in him however, and sensing danger she began working on Idril's secret way, a hidden passage deep beneath Gondolin that would later act as an escape route. Lastly, Maeglin began to convince some of the weaker lords, such as Salgant, to his side, thought not disclosing his allegiance to Morgoth.

  • House of the King: Turgon was their lord. They wore red white and gold, and their insignia was a sun, moon, and heart.
  • House of the Heavenly Arch: Lead by Egalmoth, this was the richest house. They wore opals, and their shields were blue with a jewel made up of seven different colored gems.
  • House of the Tree: Galdor was their lord. They were great scouts, and carried slingshots or studded clubs, and wore green.
  • House of the Golden Flower: Glorfindel’s house, they wore a golden rayed sun on their shields.
  • House of the Fountain: Ecthelion’s house, they were especially fond of silver and diamonds.
  • House of the Swallow: Lead by Duilin, this was a house of archers. They wore feathers on their helmets and dressed in dark blue, purple, and black. An arrowhead was their emblem.
  • House of the Harp: Salgant was their lord, though he tried to betray the city. Their shields had a silver harp on a black background.
  • House of the Mole: Lead by Maeglin, most of the members of this house worked in the quarries or with ore, and many of them supported Maeglin during the Fall of Gondolin. They wore black.
  • House of the Pillar: Penlod was their lord, and they wore a white pillar on a red background.
  • House of the Tower of Snow: Also lead by Penlod.
  • House of the Wing: The smallest house, lead by Tuor. They wore swan wings on their helmets and had a wing emblem on their shield.
  • House of the Hammer of Wrath: Lead by Rog, this house was mainly smiths and craftsmen. In battle they carried heavy maces, and their shields were red with a black hammer and anvil.

SOURCES: History of Middle Earth v. 2 - The Book of Lost Tales Part 2 (“The Fall of Gondolin”)

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Wow!!! How can i buy a print of this?!?
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A breathtaking artistic expression of the Tolkienian Imagination. Entirely successful in breaking the fairyland mold.
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This is amazing! I love the heraldic designs on the House shields!
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AglargonHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your attention and message, this is an incentive to continue to make so many shields and heraldry in Tolkien. You're welcome! ^^
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Well, heraldry is awesome, Tolkien is awesome, Tolkienian heraldry is awesome, and you seem to be very good at it- in other words, triple awesome.
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AglargonHobbyist Digital Artist
And you are a blessing, thank you for so generously. Hug 
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AglargonHobbyist Digital Artist
@ErelasInglor you're welcome ;)
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I've been following Jian Guo's works and fell across this, love the incorporation of Tolkien's original symbols, would be amazing to have this in actual stained glass in a house.
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AglargonHobbyist Digital Artist
I also really admire his art. A stained glass window with any of them would be more than perfect. As yet I am unable, I made an adjustment in my living room window. Did you see?
Customized window by Jian Guo 01 by Rvdricvs
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Woah!  Not too bad.  I wonder how much it would actually cost to actually fabricate the stain glass for such an endeavor?  But until then, that's a terrific thing to be able to admire every day.  Nod 
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AglargonHobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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AglargonHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you @petitedilly you're welcome :) (Smile)
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Perfect. Great coloring, great detail, great rendition of the heraldic devices. My only quip would be the messed-up hair colors - most Elves including Turgon were dark-haired, while Tuor was blonde... but I guess I'm barking up the wrong tree here. ;)
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AglargonHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you @noleme
they went to the beauty salon !!! lol
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