Gondolin was a beautiful white city situated in a green valley completely enclosed by high mountains. It was built in secret in the First Age by the Noldo King Turgon as a place where his people could be hidden from the power of Morgoth. The city had seven names and seven gates, and its location was kept secret from all who did not dwell within. It stood for almost four hundred years before its location was betrayed to Morgoth and his armies destroyed it.
All male Elves of Gondolin belonged to one of eleven “houses”, each with its own leader and uniform and emblems. This Elf is a member of Thlim Ecthel, the House of the Fountain, under the leadership of Ecthelion. Of this house it is said “Silver and diamonds was their delight; and swords very long and bright and pale did they wield”; they defended the seventh gate of the city and the fountains of the king. As a member of this house, this Elf is clad in armour of heavy scales of adamant covered in gracefully curved plates. The lines of his lofty helm are regally backswept, highlighting his important position as a Guard of the Fountain. Both helm and breast bear leaf and flower motifs, reminscent of the lilies-of-the-valley that grew in the hidden vale of Tumladen.
This outfit came about because I was playing around with the helm, trying to find some older, Shadows of Angmar-era pieces that could work with the Mines of Moria-era pieces that make up the rest of the outfit. I’m really happy with the final result! I really like this helm — I think it truly does look epic enough to have been worn by an Elf of the First age, and it has a really interesting putty-like base colour shared by the leather areas of the upper arms on the chest piece when dyed grey, and similar to the undyeable portion of the legs. I think the interesting tinted areas of the older skins are why I prefer them to the more recent skins we have been getting. For example, the Rise of Isengard cosmetics are very nice-looking, but they all dye very uniformly and with heavy saturation (too heavy in my opinion). That makes them easy to match with each other, but can make them difficult to pair with older pieces. I love the surprises you can get by experimenting with dyes on the older pieces.
- Head: Malledhrim Helmet (crafted — metalsmith T6/Malledhrim reputation), washed
- Shoulders: Shoulders of the Nimrodel (looted — world drop/level 48), ranger green
- Chest: Elven Warrior’s Armour (crafted — metalsmith T5; or looted — world drop/general), grey
- Hands: Elven Soldier’s Gloves (crafted — metalsmith T5; or looted — world drop/general), grey
- Legs: Sellsword’s Leggings (crafted — metalsmith T6), washed
- Feet: Ceremonial Boots of the Iron Arm (bartered — skirmish camp cosmetics quartermaster/Moria cosmetic clothing – heavy), umber
Tips: I think there is a lot of opportunity for experimentation with gloves and shoulders here. If you like the Moria-era Elven styles (crafted or token barter rewards), many of those would great with this outfit. The boots used in this outfit share their appearance with the ones from the other level 60 Mines of Moria instance cluster heavy armour sets, as well as with the Galadhrim Boots (crafted — metalsmith T6/Galadhrim reputation).