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The Fall of Gondolin Hardcover – 30 Aug 2018
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‘Never did [Tolkien] write a more sustained account of battle. With dragons and fiery balrogs galore, the attack on Gondolin makes Peter Jackson’s souped-up cinema battles look like tabletop games.’
‘The text is rife with references to characters and creatures that come to play a role in The Lord of the Rings… one passage in particular seems to set up one of the most famous scenes from the LOTR trilogy.’
‘It’s a load-bearing pillar in the grander narrative that eventually came to encompass better-known works. Tolkien explicitly expressed his wish later in life that the three Great Tales of Middle-earth’s early days ― The Children of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien, and The Fall of Gondolin ― along with The Lord of the Rings and other writings, should be considered as “one long Saga of the Jewels and the Rings”.’
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In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are 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 Túrin, 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 Eärendel, 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 Eärendel, 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 Eärendel, 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.See all Product description
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So what do we get for our money?
1. There are two beautifully written narratives of some length that together go a long way in telling the story published in "The Silmarillion" as the chapter "Of Tour and the Fall of Gondolin." Whereas that chapter was only 8 published pages, however, these two narratives make for more than 130. Rich with detail, they will delight those who love "The Silmarillion" but probably hold no interest for those not already familiar with that book.
2. Included also are sketches of how JRRT saw the story unfolding after the fall of Gondolin when Tour's son Eärendil becomes the principal character. There are some interesting surprises such as the information that Eärendil voyaged south and slew Ungoliant, the mother of all spiders who had poisoned the Two Trees in Valinor. We are also informed of the ultimate fate of Arda including the final recovery of the Silmarills and the restoration of the Two Trees.
3. Tolkien fans who are as fascinated by the names of things as the Master himself will enjoy seeing how character and place names evolved or were recycled. For example, we come across what may be the first usage of the name Legolas Greenleaf, which JRRT ultimately used for a major character in The Lord of the Rings. An extensive glossary of names at the end of the book provides further information.
So there you have it. This book is intended and recommended only for the hardcore Tolkien fan already deeply familiar with the mythology of the First Age of Middle Earth. For those, however, who prefer to stick to Hobbits—a view JRRT himself quite understood and approved of—this is probably a pass. Yet it might also prove for such readers an intriguing gateway to the great tales of the First Age.
I wish I had bought the rest of the books in this edition (The Children of Hurin, Beren & Luthien/The Lay of Luthien). Probably will.
Previously fragments of this appear in the History of Middle Earth series but this story has now been edited by Christopher Tolkien into one piece.
If you are seriously interested in Middle Earth or just want to know more about the background to Lord of the Rings having seen the films then buy this book and Beren and Luthien.
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