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Egalmoth and the House of the Heavenly Arch

Egalmoth was one of the lords of Gondolin, the mighty hidden city of the First Age. We know he was Noldorin, but we don’t know if he was born in Valinor before the exile of the Noldor, or born in Middle Earth afterwards (to be a lord of Gondolin, I’d assume that he was born in Valinor, but we don’t know for sure.)

His physical characteristics aren’t described, but as one of the Noldor it’s likely that he had dark hair and dark eyes. He wore a blue mantle with crystal stars on it. He was very talented with a bow, but he also carried a sword - in fact he is the only Noldo known to carry a curved blade.

Egalmoth’s house was the House of the Heavenly Arch, which was a very wealthy house known for their many jewels. Their shields were blue with a jewel in the center built of seven gems (rubies, amethysts, sapphires, emeralds, chrysoprases, topazes, and amber), creating a rainbow effect. They mostly defended the northern wall of the city during its attack.

Egalmoth actually survived the fall of Gondolin, escaping with Tuor and a few survivors from his house. They made it to the Havens of Sirion, where they lived in relative peace until the Third Kinslaying (when Feanor’s sons attacked the Havens after Elwing refused to give them the silmaril.) Egalmoth was killed in this battle.

SOURCES: The Silmarillion, The Lost Tales Part 2 (“The Fall of Gondolin”)

Egalmoth headcanons:

Egalmoth is a big, broad-shouldered man, who is fairly introverted, and his first priority is his family. He has five children, and several grandchildren, and his wife is Sindar. He gets on well with Turgon, and the two of them enjoy each other’s company, but they don’t like to talk politics – or rather, Egalmoth doesn’t. His wife is the driven one in that respect, in counsels he rarely says anything unless she’s told him he has to.They make a pretty good team - he reads the numbers and the probability, and she reads the people. Their house is one of the richest because they work well together, and because they, like their people, are fully committed to making Gondolin their home (and also partly because they put the needs of their own house first).

He still sometimes has flashbacks to the first war in Beleriand (they stopped for a while, but the Nirnaeth brought them all back). After managing not to lose any of his immediate family on the Helcaraxe, he saw two of his brothers cut down in quick succession, and he’s never quite been the same.

Egalmoth would be pretty happy staying in Gondolin forever, playing with the grandkids and great-grandkids. Rog rubs him up the wrong way (often deliberately, because, he says, “a man needs a hobby”). Egalmoth also takes a while to warm up to people. He’s not too impressed with Tuor showing up and telling them all to abandon the city, but he’d be a bit surprised if you suggested he was on Maeglin’s side.