The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien edited by Christopher Tolkien with illustrations by Alan Lee
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. First American Edition. Hardcover. 302 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. $30.00 dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
EVIL MORGOTH RULES OVER A VAST MILITARY POWER FROM HIS FORTRESS OF ANGBAND.
Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, who is called the Lord of Waters. 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 dwelled in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle earth. Morgoth seeks in vain to discover the marvelously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo, who desires to protect it.
Into this world comes Tuor cousin of Turin. Guided unseen by Ulmo, Tuor journeys to Gondolin, where he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon's daughter; and they have a son, Eärendel. But there will come a terrible ending when Morgoth, through a supreme act of treachery, will mount a devastating attack on the city with Balrogss dragons, and numberless Orcs. After the destruction, Tuor's son survives and lives into the next story, the Tales of Earendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.
Following Beren and Luthien, Christopher Tolkien has used the same "history in sequence" mode in the writing of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkién, it was "the first real story of this imaginary world" and, together with Beren and Luthien and The Children of Hurin, it is one of the three "Great Tales" of the Elder Days.
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