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

Thlim Gothodrum

“And they won the greatest glory of all those fair houses in that struggle against doom.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, The Fall of Gondolin3682 1489Thlim Gothodrum or The House of the Hammer of Wrath was one of the 12 noble Houses of Gondolin, its elf Lord was Rog. Smiths and craftsmen were for the most part in this House, as well as those thralls of Morgoth who miraculously managed to escape from the dungeons of Angband. They revered Aulë most of all the Valar. In battle they carried great war hammers and heavy shields, their symbol was the stricken anvil and a hammer that smites sparks about it; it was also carved in their shields, and they wore armour in black and red. They had a great hatred for Morgoth and the Balrogs, carried on by their flaming temper and anger and during the Fall of Gondolin they were the first host of elves to slay a great number of the fell beasts, but all of them perished in that battle when together with the Balrogs a large number of fire drakes was unleashed upon them.4298I decided to remake screnshots (and in some cases the whole post) about the Houses of Gondolin, as High Elves will come to us today. I like their looks and the looks of Mordor armour, so for me re-making these posts is the better option. This comes from beta as the armour I used is not in game yet, and probably won’t until the ew raid and instance clusters are announced. It is a teal set called Medium dps T3 (nameless) but as it will be released, I’ll update the post again. I love it, and much more fitting than the old outfit, which was made up of the ToO warden armour, Cloak of the Deep from skirm camp, and the dyeable ToO pieces from Lalia’s. This is how I Envision Rog to be. While the description says they had shields as well, I did not like any of the new shields, and of the old one none really matched the whole colours. There is a cloak with hammer and anvil, but I don’t like it… take these outfits as a personal interpretatio, I make do with what we have in lotro 😛4047 1389

head: Helm of the Wall Warden, burgundy dye, classic skirmish camp trader

shoulders: Reinforced Shoulders of Tier 3 dps, burgundy dye, mordor armour (beta)

chest: Reinforced Hauberk of Tier 3 dps, burgundy dye, mordor armour (beta)

gloves: Reinforced Gloves of Tier 3 dps, burgundy dye, mordor armour (beta)

feet: Battle Leader’s boots, burgundy dye, classic skirmish barter

back: Wrap of the warden, burgundy dye, barter with Warden of Annuminas, kindred

Update 21 Mordor armour preview

So, at round 5 of beta, we have the looks for some of the new armour sets in Mordor. As I understand it tree are some sets that still needs their appearance. But most green and purple sets have it. There are more than 2 sets to test in beta, but only two looks across the sets, that change just by default color. I will list here from light to medium. Some of it clips through the avatars (nothing new), most of it looks beautifully elvish!






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