"Glorfindel" Picture

Glorfindel was the lord of the House of the Golden Flower. He was among the Elves who left the Undying Lands in defiance of the Valar on a quest to retrieve the Silmarils from Morgoth. It is said that Glorfindel took part in the rebellion because of his kinship and allegiance with Turgon and that Glorfindel did not participate in the killing of other Elves known as the Kinslaying.

Gondolin was attacked by the forces of Morgoth in the year 510. Turgon's daughter Idril escaped along with her husband Tuor and her son Earendil and other survivors. They fled over the high pass called the Eagles' Cleft, but they were waylaid by Orcs and a Balrog. Glorfindel allowed the others to escape by engaging the Balrog in battle. They fell together into the abyss and died. Glorfindel's body was retrieved by the Great Eagle Thorondor and he was buried near the pass under a green mound covered with yellow flowers.

The Tale of Glorfindel the Golden-Haired?Of the House of the Golden Flower

Of a house of princes, an elven lord,
Tall of helm and bright of sword.
For him the elves ever shed a tear,
For in the escape he guarded the rear.
A Balrog of Morgoth came upon them,
And the following battle is told in many a poem.
Glorfindel the golden-haired of the Golden Flower,
Fought most valiantly in that hour.
Along the cliffs those two fought
And elven victory was very dearly bought.
For when that devil fell from that high place,
So also Glorfindel fell from grace.
Their bodies upon the rocks were broken.
Glorfindel's body was not forsaken
But was borne up by the eagle Thorondor
And the elves buried their savior,
Upon the mountain where cold winds blew
And ever after golden flowers grew
Until the world is made anew.
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