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The House of the Swallow is one of the Seven Houses of Gondolin.

The House of the Swallow
Swallow

Leader

Nar (previously Duilin)

Founded

Years of the Trees

Colours

White, Dark blue, Purple, Black

Weapons

Bow

House DetailsEdit

The House of the Swallow was founded by Duilin. Its military component is mainly made up of archers. The house also has an airborne division for of birds, useful for sending messages and diversionary tactics.


The people of the Swallow are a varied group of many different professions and character traits, but the house's reputation is arguably one of drunkenness, cynicism and willingness to duel. Some of Duilin's troops communicate in battle or elsewhere by an abbreviated language known as Duilincode. The Swallows' pub is the Night Owl, opening later than any other in Gondolin and the site of frequent Swallow lock-ins. It is known for its bird-themed fruity cocktails.


Duilin had named Nar son of Celegorm his heir, and after he was killed by a cockatrice during the Battle of the Havens, Nar became the leader of the Folk of the Swallow. In The Book of Lost Tales, Duilin died during the Fall of Gondolin.

Fall of GondolinEdit

In the Fall of Gondolin, the House of the Swallow was assigned to evacuate via the Eastern route, or the underground tunnel. The Swallowtails remained behind until the last minute to seal the entrance to the tunnel by setting off a large explosion. After escaping from the Echoriath, the people of the Swallow encountered and battled pre-Orc zombies, but lived to march onward to the Havens of Sirion.

Notable MembersEdit

Duilin

Alassien

Emelin

Elthalion

Halatir

Telperina

Tuilo

Aeluin – Fiancé of Morno

Aelothiel – Mother of Meleth, wife of Nolemíre

Lauril – woodturner, friend of Lindorië

Aiwe

Alagos

CreditEdit

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