Thlim Echtel

Now marched these folk to a great playing of their flutes, and the crystal and silver of their array was most lovely to see amid the red light of the fires and the blackness of the ruins.“― J.R.R. Tolkien,  The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, The Fall of Gondolin2445 Thlim Echtel or the House of the Fountain was one of the 12 noble houses of Gondolin, lead by the elf lord Ecthelion of the Fountain. They were said to find delight in silver and diamonds, and their swords were long and bright and pale. The People of the Fountain of the South, as they were also called, went into battle accompanied by the sweet music of their flutes.
During the Fall of Gondolin in year F.A. 510, they were held in reserve by Turgon, who unleashed them after the Balrogs made a breach in the city walls. They made their entrance from the South part of the city and slew a great number of foes. As Balrogs and Dragons led an army who outnumbered them, the People of the Fountain began retreat towards the Square of the King. It is likely that the survivors of this House soon dissolved it after the death of Ecthelion at the Fountain of the King, since there is no mention of it afterwards.4953yet another remade outfit. The previous one was all grey and moria silver was not a thing yet. While the old one was true to the silver, I never quite felt like it represented the house. Many people think it a mix of blue and silver and I go with that current too. In this outfit I used more blue than silver, but imo the new crafted heavy armour is beautiful anyway, dyed white. Plus the summerfest shoulders found a useI link here another outfit that represents Thlim Echtel, made by Starry Mantle, do check it out is really good!5956 3821

head: Runemaker’s circlet, classic skirmish camp vendor

shoulders: Shoulders of the Summer Sea, evendim blue dye, summer festival reward

chest: Chestplate of the Doomfold, evendim blue dye, recipe barter at Udun Foothold, Conquest of Gorgoroth quartermaster

hands: Gauntlets of the Doomfold, evendim blue dye, recipe barter at Udun Foothold, Conquest of Gorgoroth quartermaster

feet: Boots of the Doomfold, evendim blue dye, recipe barter at Udun Foothold, Conquest of Gorgoroth quartermaster

back: Windsinger cloak, evendim blue, lotro store

sword: Thindris, classic skirmish camp vendor


Farmer’s Faire 2017 rewards preview

Farmer’s Faire just started, yet another year of helping hobbits with their market problems hehe. This year the cosmetic choices seem few, but there are some news. Most notably, we get a new goat, and farmer’s faire kites for the first time. Let’s start with the cloak (which has a very odd dye pattern because of a greenish base hue, I dyed it red here) and a handheld item

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the Harvest Sky goat


and kites

Thlim Ith Mindon

Penlod perished there in a lane with his back to the wall, and about him many of the men of the Pillar and many of the Tower of the Snow.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, The Fall of GondolinThlim Ith Mindon or the House of the Tower of Snow was one of the 12 noble Houses of the Gondothlim. It was united with the House of the Pillar under the elf lord Penlod and both of the houses perished, along with their leader, when trying to defend the walls of the Hidden City during the Fall of Gondolin. Their symbol is supposed to be a white tower in violet background5152 4288 0475 Yet another total remake of this outfit. The previous one was… a mix of lowbie crafted and world drops which looked ok at the time for the theme, especially a weird pointy helm that looked like a pencil, but pales in comparison to the looks of the Last Alliance preorder armour for Mordor. This new ensemble says “Tower of Snow”. I did not find info as to what weapons they used in battle, buuuuut, since I am reworking this outfit using my new high elf captain as model, I gotta use a halberd. That’s the unique captain weapon after all. Captain’s Arm is my favorite.4155 2881 0226head: Coruthor, white dye, minstrel class quest reward

shoulders: Shoulders of the Wall Warden, white dye, classic skirmish camp barter

chest: Alliance of the Third Age Hauberk, dark clay dye, Collector or Ultimate Mordor pre-purchase bundle

hands: Alliance of the Third Age Gages, Collector or Ultimate Mordor pre-purchase bundl

feet: Alliance of the Third Age Boots, Collector or Ultimate Mordor pre-purchase bundle

back: Cloak of Many Worlds, server consolidation event reward

halberd: Captain’s Arm, drop from Barad Gularan

Thlim Quing Ilon

“But they of the Heavenly Arch being a folk of uncounted wealth were arrayed in a glory of colors.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, The Fall of Gondolin15131545Thlim Quing Ilon or the House of the Heavenly Arch was one of the 12 noble houses of Gondolin, led by Egalmoth. They were a folk of “unaccounted wealth”, and were arrayed in many bright colors, the “heavenly arch” referred to the rainbow their attire. Their arms were set with jewels that flamed in the light over the sky. Every shield of that battalion was of the blue of the heavens and its boss a jewel built of seven gems: rubies, amethysts, sapphires, emeralds, chrysoprases, topazes, and amber. An opal of great size was set in each of their helms. They were great swordsmen, but also great archers, and with the House of the Swallow defended the walls of Gondolin in its northern part, pouring clouds of arrows over the hosts of Orcs. Slowly the battle was lost and they retreated towards the Square of the King, the survivors being gathered together by Tuor along with those from the House of the Swallow. Their Lord and few of the Heavenly Arch escaped the burning Gondolin and most likely dwelt with Egalmoth at the Mouths of Sirion afterwards.1546From the description in the book, it seems this house had armour even more kingly than the house of Turgon. This is another house for which I decided to completely remake the look. The old outfit was almost all Ered Luin blue and a bit of gold, while it looked good, did not have the “many bright colors” part, as I feared the “peacock effect”. This new ensemble does better I think. Again Mordor armour saves the day, it is a very much needed breath of fresh air as far as design and options go. Still needs more variend shields though, I did not find any that would go with the outfits. There are surely more arches that are in better shape than the one I chose for the screens (Araniant in Enedwaith) but my reason was to portray how even a house so opulent, brilliant and fully armed could not escape the fate of the Gondolindrim, not all of them at least48813002
head: Fancy Cap of the Towers, turquoise dye, Allegiance barter item (all Allegiance armour has the same look)

shoulders: Embroidered Mantle of the Towers, turquoise dye, Allegiance barter item

chest: Reinforced Hauberk of the Towers, turquoise dye, Mordor quest reward

hands: Gauntlets of the Storm-bringer, turquoise dye, Throne of the Dread Terror raid heavy set

feet: Greaves of the Storm-bringer, turquoise dye, Throne of the Dread Terror raid heavy set

back: Woven Cloak of the Towers, turquoise dye, Allegiance barter item

On the distant shores of Twitter

After years of not having an account and thinking if I needed one, I gave in and made a twitter account for the blog. You can follow Wandering Around Arda at I also put a handle at the bottom of the site

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