The Fall of Gondolin ~ New Tolkien Book
Everything you need to know about this new J.R.R. Tolkien book release coming this summer.
“Thus it was in Gondolin; and amid all the bliss of that realm, while its glory lasted, a dark seed of evil was sown.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
The Fall of Gondolin is new book of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien and Illustrated by Alan Lee and will hit booksellers on August 30th, 2018. It was the first and some might say the greatest of the tales of Middle-earth. This hidden city of the Nolder was kept secret by the Elves for nearly 400 years, but was ultimately discovered by the vengeful Morgoth, who invaded the city with Orcs, Balrogs and Dragons. Now this story, which appears in part in the publications The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales and The Book of Lost Tales Part Two will be published as a single volume. This standalone book edited by Christopher Tolkien will be published this summer and it focuses on the full tale as written by his father Professor Tolkien over the course of many years.
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The Fall of Gondolin is expected to be a 304 page volume and is set to be published on August 30th, 2018.
It can be purchased as a hardback, deluxe hardback with slipcase, large print edition and e-book. The book is published by HarperCollins in the UK, by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the US and will be printed in multiple languages by Tolkien publishers worldwide.
Here is a full description of the book released by the publisher HarperCollins…
In the story of The Fall of Gondolin exist two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar.
Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs.Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Trin, the instrument of Ulmo’s designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth the sea-god himself appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter, and their son is Erendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo.
At last comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Tuor and Idril, with the child Erendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Erendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.
Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien Christopher Tolkien has used the same ‘history in sequence’ mode in the writing of this edition of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was the first real story of this imaginary world’ and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, he regarded it as one of the three ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days.
This work of fiction was written by J.R.R. Tolkien, scurated and edited by Christopher Tolkien and illustrated by the tlaned Alan Lee.
J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892–1973) is the creator of Middle-earth and author of such classic and extraordinary works of fiction as The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. His books have been translated into more than fifty languages and have sold many millions of copies worldwide.
CHRISTOPHER TOLKIEN is the third son of J.R.R. Tolkien. Appointed by Tolkien to be his literary executor, he has devoted himself to the editing and publication of unpublished writings, notably The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.
ALAN LEE was born in England in 1947. Inspired by Tolkien’s work to pursue his chosen path as an artist of the mythic and fantastic, he has illustrated a wide range of books including Faeries, The Mabinogion, Castles, Merlin Dreams, the centenary edition of The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit. He is a winner of the Carnegie Medal for his illustrated edition of The Illiad.
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