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House of the Pillar

House of the Pillar
Noble House
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General Information
Other namesFolk of the Pillar
AffiliationHouse of the Tower of Snow
Fall of Gondolin

The House of the Pillar was one of the Twelve Houses of the Gondothlim, according to the early version of the legendarium in The Book of the Lost Tales.

[edit] History

They are only briefly mentioned as being united with the house of the Tower of Snow under Penlod, tallest of the Gnomes.[1]:173

When the Fall of Gondolin began, they were in the north part of the city, where Gothmog had led the main attack. When the house of the Hammer of Wrath was completely destroyed outside the walls, the folks of the Pillar and the Tower of Snow suffered the next wave of enemies, receding more into the city. Finally, "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".[1]:179 There is no other mention of them in the Tale, but later is said that survivors of all the kindreds were reunited in the Square of the King,[1]:183 so probably many of them could survive as exiles.

[edit] Other names

Their Gnomish name was Thlim Taul, while in Qenya they were simply known as Tauler.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Book of Lost Tales Part Two, "III. The Fall of Gondolin"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Alphabet of Rúmil & Early Noldorin Fragments", in Parma Eldalamberon XIII (edited by Carl F. Hostetter, Christopher Gilson, Arden R. Smith, Patrick H. Wynne, and Bill Welden), p. 104
Twelve Houses of the Gondothlim
King (leader: Turgon) · Wing (Tuor) · Mole (Meglin) · Swallow (Duilin) · Heavenly Arch (Egalmoth) · Pillar (Penlod) · Tower of Snow (Penlod) · Tree (Galdor) · Golden Flower (Glorfindel) · Fountain (Ecthelion) · Harp (Salgant) · Hammer of Wrath (Rog)