Gate of Stone
|Gate of Stone|
|"Orfalch Echor" by Alan Lee|
|Other names||Stone Gate, Second Gate|
|Appearance||Wall across canyon with two towers, door of dark, smooth stone|
The Gate of Stone was the second of the Seven Gates of Gondolin.
History[edit | edit source]
It stood in the Orfalch Echor, half a league from the Gate of Wood. It was in form a wall with two stone towers. The gate was, in fact, a large, dark, and polished stone placed upon a pivot, above which was a bright lantern. When pushed upon on one side, the gate would swing until perpendicular to its previous position. This feature could doubtless be disabled in time of siege. In a court beyond the gate were many armed guards in gray robes or armor. They were possibly members of the Guard of some captain or chieftain and later had some representation at the high sward overlooking Tumladen under the Warden of the Great Gate. They provided food for Tuor and Voronwë and allowed them to rest for a bit when Elemmakil brought them into the northern tower. It followed the Gate of Wood and was followed by the Gate of Bronze.