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 Gondolin14282094Thlim 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.2131From the description in the book, it seems this house had armour even more kingly than the house of Turgon. I decided to go with a color that I think is very kingly, Ered luin blue. I rarely use it, so I was happy to use it this time. It does look good paired with the golden swirls. 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 least3025
head: Runemaker’s Hat, ered luin blue dye, classic skirmish barter

shoulders: Ceremonial Berserker’s Shoulders, ered Luin blue dye, Lalia’s market, stat version champion barter in Ost Galadh

chest: Scarred Surcoat of the Pren Gwydh Warrior, ered Luin blue dye, Dunland quest reward

hands: Ceremonial gauntlets of the Iron Arm, ered luin blue dye, cosmetic skirmish barter

feet: Ceremonial boots of the Iron Arm, ered luin blue dye, cosmetic skirmish barter


3 thoughts on “Thlim Quing Ilon

  1. If only we were able to embellish our clothing further with jewels and multiple colors, then we’d have a great way to represent the House of the Heavenly Arch. Since we can’t, this outfit does nicely with bright and bold gold and blue colors. The hauberk adds a wonderful touch, with its layer of embroidered cloth. Fashionably protective gear for the win!

    • “Fashionably protective gear for the win!” haha indeed! 😀 I feared that trying to make a multicolored outfit would have resulted in a harlequin-what am I wearing? look, so decided for just 2, thankfully the bold contrast works XD

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