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Fifth Gate

The Silver Gate of Gondolin

The Seven Gates of Gondolin

To a traveller approaching Gondolin along the Orfalch Echor, after passing the Fourth Gate, or Gate of Writhen Iron, they would follow a pathway that led on towards what were historically the last two gates on the journey.1 These were the Fifth and Sixth Gates, each dedicated to one of the Two Trees of Valinor. The Fifth Gate was themed around the elder Tree Telperion and Telperion's last flower, which became the Moon.

The Tree Telperion shone with a silver-white light, and so the Fifth Gate of Gondolin was the Gate of Silver. As its name suggests, the Gate was wrought from silver, and also from pearl, into a circular form that mirrored the patterning on the face of the Moon. The Gate was set in a low marble wall, and along the top of the wall were five marble globes. On the central globe, directly above the Moon Gate, stood an image of Telperion itself. The White Tree of Valinor was recreated in silver, with malachite for the green of the Tree, and pearls for its glistening flowers.

Like all the Gates that guarded Gondolin, the Fifth Gate had its contingent of wardens. For the Gate of Silver, these guards were naturally armoured in silver mail, and on their heads they wore helms crested in silver. Their chosen weapon was the bow, and these archers watched the road approaching their gate from atop its marble wall.

If a traveller were allowed to pass the Fifth Gate, they faced a long journey to the Sixth, the last of the original six Gates. As the Fifth Gate was dedicated to Telperion, the Sixth Gate was dedicated to the other of the Two Trees of Valinor, the Golden Tree Laurelin.


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Through most of the city's existence, the way through the Encircling Mountains to Gondolin was guarded by six Gates, ending with the Gates of Silver and of Gold that together commemorated the Two Trees of Valinor. After the disaster of the Nirnaeth Arnoediad this pattern was broken by the addition of a Seventh Gate, the Gate of Steel, guarding the end of the Orfalch Echor.

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