Dark Guard

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Dark Guard
"He Beheld a Vision of Gondolin Amid the Snow" by Ted Nasmith
Other namesOuter Guard
PurposeGuarding the Outer Gate of Gondolin
Notable membersElemmakil
LocationCavern near the Outer Gate
High sward overlooking Tumladen

The Dark Guard, also known as the Outer Guard, was a division of Gondolindrim that guarded the Outer Gate of Gondolin in the dark cavern that preceded it. They were the first Gondolindrim to confront those who attempted to enter the city through the Seven Gates. [1][2]


In the year F.A. 400, Aredhel, returning to Gondolin with her son Maeglin, was happily received by the Dark Guard. However, Eöl had followed them from a distance, discovering the secret entrance into the city. The Dark Guard was taken by surprise when Eöl revealed his presence to them while traversing the Orfalch Echor by stealth. After he claimed that Aredhel was his wife, the Guard brought him before Turgon in the Tower of the King.[1]

Years later, the Dark Guard was approached by Tuor and Voronwë in their cavern in front of the Outer Gate, the Gate of Wood. Their captain, Elemmakil, was amazed that his friend Voronwë would bring a mortal Man with him. He announced that he should, by law, slay him. Voronwë and Tuor answered that they came at the command of Ulmo. As Elemmakil guided the two through the Seven Gates, they passed the guard divisions of the other gates.[2]

On the inner side of the Last Gate, an unknown number of Elves representing the Dark Guard were stationed at the high sward overlooking Tumladen. They stood with an army of soldiers that contained representatives from each of the Seven Gates.[2]


Realm of Gondolin
Ondolindë · Hidden City · City of Seven Names
Outside locations Amon Gwared · Anghabar · Echoriad (Crissaegrim · Eithel Nínui · Fingolfin's cairn) · Seven Gates of Gondolin (Gate of Wood · Gate of Stone · Gate of Bronze · Gate of Writhen Iron · Gate of Silver · Gate of Gold · Gate of Steel) · Orfalch Echor · Tumladen
Inside locations Alley of Roses · Arch of Inwë · Caragdûr · Fountains of the South · Gar Ainion · Great Market · Lesser Market · Idril's secret way · Place of the Fountain · Place of the Well · Road of Arches · Road of Pomps · Tower of the King · Way of Running Waters
Objects Anguirel · Axe of Tuor · Crown of the Hidden Kingdom · Elfstone · Glamdring · Glingal and Belthil · Orcrist · Sting
Houses House of the King · House of the Wing · House of the Mole · House of the Swallow · House of the Heavenly Arch · House of the Pillar · House of the Tower of Snow · House of the Tree · House of the Golden Flower · House of the Fountain · House of the Harp · House of the Hammer of Wrath
People Aranwë · Aredhel · Dark Guard · Duilin · Eärendil · Ecthelion · Egalmoth · Elemmakil · Elenwë · Enerdhil · Eöl · Exiles of Gondolin · Galdor · Glorfindel · Huor · Húrin · Hendor · Idril · Legolas · Maeglin · Meleth · Pengolodh · Penlod · Rog · Salgant · Tuor · Turgon · Ulmo · Voronwë · Warden of the Great Gate
Events Fall of Gondolin · Gates of Summer · Nirnaeth Arnoediad · Ulmo's warning · Wanderings of Húrin
Main texts Lost Tale of The Fall of Gondolin (1916-20) · The Lay of the Fall of Gondolin (c. 1920) · Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin (1950) · Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin (1977) · The Fall of Gondolin (2018)