War of the Silmarils is a standalone submod for Third Age: Total War, the ever popular total conversion for Medieval 2: Total War Kingdoms. Our goal is to faithfully reproduce the heroic First Age of Tolkien's Middle-earth in the Medieval 2: Total War engine. War of the Silmarils will feature more than a dozen new, full-fledged factions, each complete with a roster of new units, a completely new campaign map of Beleriand and the lands to the North, and much more. So if you're one of the many who have been enthralled by Tolkien's mystical world, this is a mod to watch!

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A look at the first faction to be previewed - the Hidden Kingdom of Gondolin.

Posted by KaiserMacCleg on Jan 30th, 2011

"Gondobar am I called and Gondolindrimbar, City of Stone and City of the Dwellers in Stone; Gondolin the Stone of Song and Gwarethminas am I named, the Tower of the Guard, Thurigardh or the Secret Place".

- The seven names of Gondolin as they were told to Tuor, the mortal son-in-law of Turgon.

In the land of Beleriand, within the Echoriath, the Encircling Mountains, lies a round level plain with sheer walls on all sides and a ravine and tunnel leading out to the southwest known as the Hidden Way. The location of the hidden valley of Tumladen was revealed to Turgon son of Fingolfin in a dream by the Vala Ulmo, Lord of Waters. In the fifty-third year of the First Age Turgon journeyed from his halls in Nevrast and found the vale, with the guidance of Ulmo. In the middle of this vale there is a steep hill which is called Amon Gwareth, the "Hill of Watching": it was here that Turgon decided to found his Hidden City, designed after the ancient city of Tirion in Valinor - which the Noldor had left when they rebelled against the Valar and went into exile - for it would be protected by the mountains and hidden from the eyes of the Dark Lord Morgoth.Turgon and his people built the city in secret, taking fifty-two years to complete. When the city was completed, in the year 116 of the First Age, Turgon took with him to dwell in the Hidden City his entire people in Nevrast, who secretly entered the valley of Tumladen. Turgon was recognized as King of the Hidden City, and he gave it the name Ondolindë, which is "The Rock of the Music of the Water" in Quenya, because of the fountains of Amon Gwareth; but in Sindarin it became known as Gondolin, the "Hidden Rock". After their arrival in the new city, the Gondolindrim continued to labour in its building, until it was said to rival even Tirion itself: its walls stand high and white above the plain, and its most prominent feature is the great Tower of the King, where, among the fountains, Turgon made Glingal and Belthil, trees of gold and silver made in memory of the Two Trees of Valinor. Great is the bliss and the beauty of Gondolin, and great is the wisdom of its people.

Now the Hidden City slowly became wealthy and prosperous, concealed from friend and foe alike and guarded from trespassers by the Eagles of Thorondor, who had made their eyries on the Encircling Mountains on the bidding of Manwë; and the Elves of Gondolin have lived undisturbed by the events outside their fair city for more than three centuries, their days full of joy and peace.

But now the times have changed; for Morgoth has recently broken the long Siege of Angband in the North, and the inevitable doom of the Noldor fell upon them. One winter's night, the fires of Angband destroyed the leaguer of the Noldor in the Dagor Bragollach, the "Battle of Sudden Flame"; and many valiant Elves and Men perished, their lands taken by the creatures of Morgoth. The vast green field of Ard-galen in the north was burnt, and it is now called Anfauglith, the "Gasping Dust". Dorthonion fell in the east, and in the west the tower of Finrod on Tol Sirion was captured by Sauron, lieutenant of Morgoth; and it is now known as Tol-in-Gaurhoth, the "Isle of Werewolves". Fingolfin, High King of the Noldor, rode alone in his wrath and despair to the very gates of Angband, and none dared to stop him; and he challenged Morgoth to come forth to single combat, calling him a coward and a master of slaves; and Morgoth came. There Fingolfin died, most proud and valiant of the Elven-kings of old, and the High Kingship has now passed to his elder son Fingon, brother of Turgon of Gondolin. Dark and uncertain times lie ahead, and the people of the Hidden City must now prepare for whatever may come...

House of the King

Clad in bright mail forged by the master smiths of the Gondolindrim, these Elves are well protected from evil and harm. On their long shields either of the three emblems of Ondolindë are displayed: the golden Sun, the silver Moon, and the scarlet Heart of Fingolfin, the royal emblem of Turgon their King. The spears they wield are long and sharp, and none can stand against the mighty phalanx of the King of Gondolin; for they march in battle with their shields locked together, presenting a deadly forest of spears to the enemy, and they can easily break through the ranks of the Orcs of Morgoth. Yet their main task is not to fight; not because they lack in bravery or honour, but because the men of the House of the King are also the guard of the King, comprising his family and household, and they go where the King goes and stay where the King stays. Even when threatened by death they will stand their ground and protect their Lord caring naught for themselves, till the very End of the World or their own demise.



House of the Fountain

These are the folk of the House of the Fountain, one of the Twelve noble Houses of Gondolin, and their leader is Ecthelion of the Fountain, a valiant Elf-lord famed for his unrivaled skill in music among the Gondolindrim. Being true Noldor they enjoy silver and diamonds, whose glitter and colour brightens their garments in times of peace; yet in battle they go clad in the finest mail and armed with sharp and deadly blades, forged with secret techniques that only the smiths of Gondolin can master. They bear no shield for they wield heavy longswords with both hands, capable of cutting any Orc-chieftain in half no matter how thick his armour. They are the guard of the fountains of the city, primarily those of the King, and they are also the defenders of the seventh gate of Gondolin. Yet the folk of the Fountain are not only fearsome warriors: they are also musicians of great renown like Ecthelion their lord, and they always march into battle to the sweet sound of elven-flutes.

House of the Golden Flower

Of all the great houses of Gondolin, the Elves of the House of the Golden Flower are the most fair and noble and wise, and they remember well the light of the Two Trees, Telperion and Laurelin; for they were born in Aman even before Melkor and Ungoliant brought darkness to the world by destroying the Trees of Valinor. For that and for all his evil deeds they harbour eternal hatred for Morgoth, the Black Enemy΄ and though there is no hope in their hearts of defeating Morgoth by force, they will not sit helplessly and do nothing as he corrupts the earth, marring all that was once fair and good. Led by Glorfindel with the golden hair, a mighty Elf-lord dearly loved by all the Gondolindrim, they go about dressed in garments as green as a field in spring, and their device is charged with a rayed sun, reminiscent of the golden flowers of Laurelin, the last of which was sent by the Valar into the sky as the Sun. And should the Hidden City ever be threatened, they will put on their tall helms and arm themselves with sturdy shields and bright mail and unforgiving swords, and march into battle prepared to fight to the last man; for they would gladly give their own lives for their lord.

House of the White Wing

Trained in the arts of war and weaponry since childhood, the folk of the Wing are among the finest warriors Beleriand has ever known; for they have constantly been improving their skill at arms for more than three centuries since they left the Outer World and moved to Ondolindë, the City of the Seven Names. They are the stoutest of the King's men, and it has been prophesised that Turgon's heir will one day lead them in a glorious battle over their beloved city. And even though their numbers are small, still they are always prepared for that day, armed with bright long swords and clad in the finest mail the masterful smiths of Gondolin can fashion. Upon their tall helms they bear wings of swans and gulls, and the device of their shields is a swan-wing on a blue field. Each Elf of the noble House of the White Wing is ever ready for battle, eager to stand their ground without fear against any foul creature of Morgoth, be it an orc or a werewolf or a terrible demon of fire, to the very end in victory or death.

House of the Hammer of Wrath


Centuries of hard labour have strengthened the arms of these Elves, allowing them to march in battle wielding heavy maces with deadly force, crushing armour and bones and beating upon helm and head, as if hewing the hot bending iron on the anvil. They carry large shields for protection, outweighing an entire suit of armour; and yet they wear even heavier mail than their kin, making them almost impervious to all harm. Their emblem is the stricken anvil, yet their shields show a hammer that smiteth sparks about it. They have mastered the arts of Aulë, and red gold and black iron is their delight. Their leader is Enerdhil the master smith, second in valour to Galdor of the Tree, and mightiest of all Elves who ever walked the earth save Fingolfin himself. As their bodies are the strongest, so their hearts are also the bravest among the Noldor, for many of them were once thralls in the dungeons of Angband, and having endured both pain and death they now fear neither one or the other. No army of Morgoth has ever managed to stand their ground against the House of the Hammer of Wrath, the largest and most valiant house of Gondolin; for their thunderous charge is swift and deadly like the wrath of Tulkas.

House of the Heavently Arch

Of all the noble Houses of Gondolin the Elves of Egalmoth's house are the wealthiest and enjoy riches and jewels and gold. They wear shiny silver mail of the finest quality, and on their tall helms is set a large opal. Their shields are sky-blue like the heavens on a sunny day, showing in the centre a jewel built of seven gems: ruby, amethyst, sapphire, emerald, chrysoprase, topaz and amber: the colours of the rainbow; for indeed, what is the Heavenly Arch more than a reference to the rainbow? They are well-trained in battle and warfare, and they are among the most skilled warriors of the Hidden City, having mastered both the art of the sword and the bow; yet their hearts lie in the swiftness of the bow rather than the might of the sword. Some of the finest archers of Gondolin hail from the House of the Heavenly Arch, and it is said that they can shoot an arrow farther and higher than any other Elf or Man; and it is their task to defend the walls of Gondolin by raining arrows upon any foe foolish enough to get within range of their powerful longbows.

House of the Swallow

It is rare for heraldry to represent a house as truly as in the case of the House of the Swallow: for it is said that the swallow is reminiscent of an arrow flying swiftly through the air with speed and grace and always finding its mark. They are the finest archers of Gondolin, and their lord and captain is Duilin the master archer, swiftest of all Elves to run and leap. The folk of the Swallow carry powerful longbows and elven-blades in battle, dressed in white and dark blue and in purple and black. They will blot out the sun with volleys of sharp and deadly arrows to defend their beloved city, pouring arrows like the dark rains of autumn; yet when the enemy draws near and their arrows are spent, they will not hesitate to draw their bright swords and join their kin below the walls and fight to the last breath for the beauty of Ondolindë.

House of the Tree

The Elves of the House of the Tree guard the western entrance to the Arch of Ingwë day and night. Their lord and captain is Galdor, a Noldorin Elf who has led them in countless charges against the foul creatures of Morgoth, and he is seen as the most valiant of the Gondolindrim save Turgon alone; yet his men, the Folk of the Tree, do not lack in valour or bravery either, and they will be among the first to throw themselves into the fray. Like all warriors of the Hidden City, when called to arms they equip themselves with fine coats of mail forged by the masterful craftsmen of Gondolin – some of the finest mail ever made in both Aman and Middle-earth. In battle they bring swift slings and iron-studded clubs, and they carry sturdy wooden shields on which the Tree is displayed as the heraldry of their noble house; and they bear no helm. Though the lack of heavy armour makes them more vulnerable to harm than their kin, it also makes them excellent light support infantry, able to cross the battlefield swiftly and strike hard and fast where the enemy is weaker.


Apart from the houses shown in this preview, Gondolin will also have an army of seven divisions as described in the Unfinished Tales.

Credits:
J.R.R. Tolkien for the inspiration,
Squeaks for the units,
JorisofHolland and Ellin Athinaios for the descriptions.

And of course King Kong and the entire TATW team for making this possible!

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MerlinGalgotta
MerlinGalgotta Jan 31 2011, 3:22am says:

Oh my god, haven't seen this mod before...This is awesome!

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BlueSunsleader
BlueSunsleader Jan 31 2011, 4:27pm says:

wow this is most interesting ill be watching

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KaiserMacCleg Author
KaiserMacCleg Jan 31 2011, 5:14pm says:

Thanks for the interest guys!

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SamirA29
SamirA29 Jan 31 2011, 6:10pm says:

This reminds me, I still need to finish the Silmarillion.

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LOTRuler
LOTRuler Feb 1 2011, 1:58pm says:

Looks fantastic!

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