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.
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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.