It can be assumed that the Gondolondrim were mostly Noldorin Elves, drawn from the people of Turgon who accompanied him from Nevrast around F.A. 126. The closed and hidden nature of the city means it is unlikely that substantial numbers of other kindred ever came to settle there. Only a few notable individuals are known to have reached the city from elsewhere: Huor and Húrin Thalion were the first Men to come to Gondolin and dwelt there for a year, Tuor the son of Huor made the city his home until its fall and Maeglin, son of Eöl the Dark Elf and Turgon's sister Aredhel, fled there with his mother from Nan Elmoth.
Other Versions of the Legendarium
They were called the Gondothlim in earlier texts.[source?]
Houses of the Gondolindrim
In the semicanon The Fall of Gondolin the Gondolindrim are described as being organised into a number of Houses. At the time of the city's fall there were twelve of these, each with a named symbol and leader:
|House of the King||Sun, Moon and Heart||Turgon|
|House of the Heavenly Arch||Rainbow, Opal and Jewelled Boss||Egalmoth|
|House of the Tree||Tree and Iron-studded club||Galdor|
|House of the Golden Flower||Rayed Sun and Golden Flower||Glorfindel|
|House of the Fountain||Fountain, Silver and Diamonds||Ecthelion|
|House of the Swallow||Arrowhead and Fan of Feathers||Duilin|
|House of the Harp||Silver Harp||Salgant|
|House of the Mole||Black Mole and Double-bladed Axe||Maeglin|
|House of the Pillar||A Pillar||Penlod|
|House of the Tower of Snow||A Tower||Penlod|
|House of the Wing||A White Wing||Tuor|
|House of the Hammer of Wrath||A Stricken Anvil||Rog|
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Index of Names".
- ↑ .
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin"
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Quenta Silmarillion: Of Maeglin".
- ↑ J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Silmarillion, "Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin Names".