Throughout the ages of Middle-earth, the Elves have fought in many terrible battles. Elves possessed great skill of body, being strong and resilient to harm, and thus were adept warriors; yet they did not love battle and joined it mostly out of necessity in defense of their lands against the Enemy. Though it took a grievous wound, the body of an Elf could be slain in war, and the unhoused spirit of the fallen elf must perforce return to the Halls of Waiting in Valinor. After a time in those silent halls, the spirits of some elves might be rehoused in their body of old, yet these for the most part must remain in Valinor. Thus, though the spirits of slain Elves endure so long as does Arda itself, bodily death was still a sorrowful bereavement for the loved ones of the departed left behind in Middle-earth.
Though Elves fought the seven Battles of Beleriand in the First Age, the Battle of Dagorlad and the Siege of Barad-dûr in the Second Age, and the Battle of Five Armies in the Third Age, the most awesome battle they took part in was the one which ended the First Age, the War of Wrath. In that terrible conflict, the Host of the West marched against the Host of North, and the Valar at last brought Morgoth to bay, and they enchained him and thrust him from the world. This elf is one of the Vanyar marching in the glorious host led by the Valar, assaulting the dark towers of Morgoth’s stronghold of Thangorodrim. His shining armour is strong, his helm high, and his sword keen. His tasseled pauldrons are decorated with a likeness of the trumpets of Eönwë, which ring out the challenge of the West and herald doom for the forces of the Enemy. Even the darkness of Morgoth cannot dim the glory and might of Valinor aroused in wrath and come at last to Middle-earth.
Gongarab is an impressive-looking helm that I wanted to try it out in an outfit, and this is the result. I’m pretty happy with the way this one turned out, with the silver and gold and the rusty brown accents. I think it’s quite suitable for an epic elf-warrior! I decided not to include a cloak in this outfit, since the chest, leggings, and shoulders all have nice details when viewed from behind.
- Head: Gongarab (Tower of Orthanc drop), rust
- Shoulders: Shoulders of the Hopeful Melody (medallion barter reward — Minstrel’s Barad Guldur set), orange
- Chest: Ceremonial Breastplate of the Whirlwind (medallion barter reward — heavy Moria set), white
- Hands: Officer’s Gloves (crafted), orange
- Legs: Battle-leader’s Leggings (medallion barter reward — Captain’s Barad Guldur set), white
- Feet: Officer’s Boots (crafted), orange
Tips: A ceremonial version of Gongarab is currently available at Lalia’s Market.
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