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Seven Gates of Gondolin


The Seven Gates of Gondolin were seven mighty gates guarding the Orfalch Echor. They were built by King Turgon to protect Gondolin from invasion; however, it was not through these that the host of Morgoth came in the Fall of Gondolin. It was through these that Tuor and Voronwë passed to get into Tumladen.

Each of the gates had their own form and special guard. The gates are listed below, from the end of the Orfalch furthest from Gondolin to the one bordering Tumladen.

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Battle of Osgiliath

Sauron’s attack on Osgiliath occurred on 20 June, T.A. 3018, and was later recognized as the beginning of the War of the Ring, for Sauron had two purposes in making this assault:

  • First, Sauron wished to test the strength and preparedness of Denethor (which was found to be greater than he hoped).
  • Second, Sauron’s other and greater purpose was to make the appearance of the Nazgûl seem to be only part of his war policy against Gondor, in order to conceal from the Wise their mission to hunt for the One Ring.

At the Council of ElrondBoromir recounted this battle as a sudden attack in which the men of Gondor were outnumbered by the forces of Mordor with their allies, the Easterlings and the Haradrim. However, he attributed Gondor’s defeat to a power that had not been felt before, issuing from a great black horseman. Only a remnant of Gondor’s eastern force survived.

The last bridge across the Anduin was defended by a company led by Boromir and Faramir until the structure was destroyed. Only the two brothers and two others survived by swimming.

After the eastern portion of Osgiliath was taken and the bridge broken, Sauron broke off the assault, ordering the Nazgûl to begin their search for the Ring.

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Biographical Information

Family and Physical Description

 was the fourth child of Fingolfin, First High King of the Ñoldor in Beleriand.


His mother was Anairë, and his brothers were Fingon and Turgon. He had an older sister, Aredhel.

His Quenya name was Arakáno (“High Commander”), named so partially for his impetuous character. Argon set foot on Middle-earth with his father and brothers, but he was killed during the Battle of the Lammoth. Argon distinguished himself during the fighting by hewing a path through his foes and slaying the captain of the Orcs.


Argon is the Sindarin name of Arakáno although he never used it. It was devised posthumously for him in the records. It is recorded that this later became a popular name under the Eldar.


Argon does not appear in the published Silmarillion at all, as he only came to light in very late writings by Tolkien. His character was developed as Tolkien devised the genealogies. At first he fell in the fighting at Alqualondë and then he perished while crossing the Helkaraxë before his death was set in the Battle of the Lammoth.

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