The Fall of Gondolin is the latest book posthumously published by the author J.R.R Tolkien, all thanks to his son, Christopher Tolkien who edited this novel as he has done with other previous works such as The Silmarillion.
Actually, The Fall of Gondolin is one of the tales included in The Silmarillion, and therefore being one of the Lost Tales it was also included in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth collection stories. This time, however, it is published as a stand-alone novel and even though the essential story is the same, in this version it is more detailed and also the book comes with Alan Lee’s illustrations.
What is the Fall of Gondolin about?
The novel’s title summarizes pretty well that this novel is about. This book narrates the story of the secret elven city of Gondolin which lays in the middle of a conflict of the forces of light, lead by the powerful Vala named Ulmo, and the forces of evil lead by Morgoth (also known as Melkor). Morgoth is the first Dark Lord, a title given only to the two most powerful overlords in the Middle Earth, being Sauron the second to be granted such an honorable title.
Just so you understand the epicness of the story, Sauron was a mere servant of Morgoth. Such was the power of the first Dark Lord, whose desire was to lord over the First Age of the Middle Earth.
Do I need to read previous Tolkien works in order to read The Fall of Gondolin?
Given that this book is set in the same universe as The Lord of the Rings, reading the previous works by the author like The Hobbit and the three novels comprising LOTR would be recommended. Nonetheless, this story takes place in a different Era and in a different location than the original saga, so having read LOTR is not a must. Well, reading The Lord of The rings should be a must for everyone who likes to read in general, but you know what I mean.
When will the Fall of Gondolin be published?
This book was published on 30 August 2018 so it is already available for you to purchase and read.
About the author
J.R.R Tolkien is the reason the genre of fantasy is the way it is in our days. He is the father of modern fantasy, somehow setting the rules of the high fantasy subgenre. For those who want to know more about Tolkien’s influence here you have article This is how Tolkien influenced the fantasy genre.
Looking for some books like The Lord of The Rings? Here you will find a list of books similar to lotr, one of the best fantasy series ever written. Lots of authors are influenced by J.R.R Tokien and his work, LOTR, as as result, there are lots of similar books to Lord of The Rings.
The fact that The Lord of the Rings started everything is not a secret. Tolkien’s story changed the fantasy genre forever.
Defining the genre to find books like The Lord of The Rings
Lotr narrates the story of a journey full of dangers, epic characters in a medieval fantasy setting.
It is time to take you back to a magical world, where spells are possible and heroic and warlike feats are the order of the day. So here we go.
Are there any fantasy books like The Lord of the Rings? let’s take a look.
List of books like The Lord of The rings
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A Song of ice and fire: this one had to be in a list of books like The Lord of The Rings
A series of heroic fantasy novels that have been awarded on multiple occasions. Written by George R.R. Martin. The first volume saw the light in 1996. Although at first it was thought that it was a trilogy, at present, there are five published volumes and it is foreseen that there are two more. You can also find prequel and short novels for specific characters. You also have Fire&Blood, the prequel of this series.
Surely many people know the saga for the series “Game of Thrones”. It is situated in a medieval fictional world where different races exist, some more friendly than others. But also, I discovered a weird progression in George R.R Martin’s last published novels, This is why you shouldn’t read Game of Thrones….
Martin himself has cited Tolkien as one of his references on more than one occasion, so the similarities with The Lord of the Rings are served.
The Swords Choice: an indie book like Lord of the Rings
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Noakhail is the heir to the throne of the Kingdom of Fire, he lives exiled and has only his sword of fire to prove he is the heir to the throne. He has decided to visit the four kingdoms and face the most powerful enemies, an impossible quest for which he must survive, so one day he can meet his destiny.
In a parallel story, finally a princess has been chosen to succeed the throne. But for this, she will have to prove that she is not only to wear the crown, but also to awake the powers of the sword of water.
Dragonlance: the most different among these books like Lord of The Rings
A set of epic novels, where there are several trilogies. It was created by Laura & Tracy Hickman and written almost entirely by Margaret Weis and Tracy herself.
For role lovers, like the mythical game “Dungeons & Dragon”, this saga is just mandatory, since these novels are full of references to this game.
The world of Krynn is divided into several continents, one of the most important is Ansalon. The main story is based on a group of friends and their search for any clue that allows them to prove the existence of the gods that disappeared after the Cataclysm.
A series that are not yet finished and in which you will find different similarities to the Lord of the Rings, as are the journeys of its protagonists and the dangers that lurk around every corner. In case you are interested in this series, here you have the Introducing Dragonlance article for further info.
Also, these series have a 3D animated movie and 3D based on the first story in the series, dubbing includes such relevant voice actors as Kiefer Sutherland, Lucy Lawless or Phil LaMarr.
Kingkiller Chronicles: similar books to Lord of The Rings
Although it is a trilogy, the same author (Patrick Rothfuss) has commented that he does not exclude the idea of extending this wonderful saga. The third and last (for now at least) book still has no publishing date.
Join the story of Kvothe, a famous and adventurous prodigy in practically everything who disappears from public life and is found in a remote village, where a character known as Chronicler persuades him to tell him the story of his life, a story of how he became a legend. when is The Doors of Stone coming?