Described by J.R.R. Tolkien as ” “the first real story” set in the Middle-Earth, The Fall of Gondolin will be finally published later this year, thanks to Christopher Tolkien’s work, editing and revising the story into book form.
Illustrated by Alan Lee, The Fall of Gondolin will serve as a link between the story of an elven city sacked by the Dark Lord, Morgoth, and the ancient history of Middle-Earth before the events in The Lord of the Rings.
The destruction of this hidden city of Gondolin has been referenced before, in The Silmarillion, Tolkien’s first book to be published posthumously, in 1977, 4 years after his death.
Since then, Christopher Tolkien, his son, has taken on the mantle to analyze, compile and edit the corpus of unfinished Middle-Earth work his father never got to publish, trying to make it into something approximating Tolkien’s original work.
Among those stories told in The Silmarillion that have been given their own full-length book treatments, we can find The Children of Húrin published in 2007, followed by Beren and Lúthien published last year, with The Fall of Gondolin being the one to complete the trilogy this year.
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The Fall of Gondolin is set to be published this August 30.
Source: Entertainment Weekly