If you're a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth novels, you'll be excited to hear that there's a new unpublished book that will be released soon called The Fall of Gondolin. The book was edited and revised by Tolkien's son Christopher. It's pretty amazing that after all these years we are still getting new stories from Tolkien!
For those of you familiar with Tolkien's work, you might remember that the destruction of the city of Gondolin is referenced in The Silmarillion. Thanks to EW, we have a description of the book for you and it sounds incredible!
During the years that the dark lord Morgoth (Sauron’s predecessor and mentor) reigned supreme in Middle-Earth, his fellow godlike Valar refused to intervene against him on behalf of the peoples of Middle-Earth. Only Ulmo, the Lord of Waters, worked in secret to help the Noldorin Elves. The Noldor stronghold is the beautiful city of Gondolin, built to be undiscoverable by Morgoth’s forces. Ulmo guides a man named Tuor (cousin of the doomed Turin Turambar) to Gondolin, where he grows into a great hero and marries Idril, daughter of Gondolin’s King Turgon. Soon, however, Morgoth finds Gondolin and his armies lay waste to the city in one of the most epic battle scenes Tolkien ever depicted (including, among other things, the noble Elf Glorfindel dying in battle against a Balrog). Tuor and Idril are among the few who escape, along with their with the child Eärendel. That half-Elf, half-human child will go on to have a great destiny. Tolkien never actually wrote The Tale of Eärendel, but The Fall of Gondolin will contain Christopher’s best sketch of it based on his father’s outlines.
The most epic battle that Tolkien has ever depicted!? Wow! This sounds like an amazing story and I can't wait to read it! Hell, maybe one day someone will actually adapt it into a film!
Ever since Tolkien died in 1973, his son has been analyzing, compiling, and editing all of his fathers unfinished Middle-Earth work and trying to stay faithful to what his father's original vision for the stories.
That all started with 1977’s The Silmarillion, "the epic story of the myths that made Middle-Earth long before Frodo and the Ring ever showed up" Christopher has since taken some of the stories from that book and created full-length books that include The Children of Húrin in 2007, and by Beren and Lúthien, which was released last year.
The Fall of Gondolin will also include art created by Alan Lee, who is the Academy Award-winning art director of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films.
The Fall of Gondolin will be released on August 30th. Are you excited to hear that we are going to be getting a least one more new story set in Middle Earth? Maybe Amazon will somehow incorporate it into their new series.