Gate of Wood
From Tolkien Gateway
|Gate of Wood|
|"The First Gate of Gondolin" by Alarie|
|Other names||Wooden Gate, First Gate, Guarded Gate, Dark Gate, Outer Gate of Gondolin|
|Appearance||Pillared arch with riveted wooden portcullis|
The Gate of Wood, also known as the Dark Gate, was the first of the Seven Gates of Gondolin.
The Gate of Wood was placed at the end of the secret passage and the beginning of the Orfalch Echor, in an arch bordered by pillars. It was essentially a wooden portcullis that rose upon being touched in a certain place, an attribute which may have been cancellable in the case of siege. It was guarded by the Elemmakil's Outer Guard stationed in a nearby cavern. It was followed by the Gate of Stone.