When J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973, leaving behind mountains of notes, poetry and stories set in his biggest fantasy world of Middle Earth that never came to an end. Since then, Tolkien's son, Christopher, has worked to edit and compile his father's writings, which became posthumous books, such as The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales, which built and expanded the world we see in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. More recently, we have been watching independent novels based on these manuscripts, such as The Children of Húrin, and The Tale of Beren and Lúthien in 2016. Now, Christopher Tolkien has announced the launch of a new independent Middle Earth story: The Fall of Gondolin.
The story is one of the first that Tolkien wrote when he began to venture into the larger world while recovering from the wounds he suffered during the First World War. In his book Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, John Garth wrote that this period of inactivity allowed his ideas for a fantasy world to come together. The fall of Gondolin "came out of his head almost completely formed", he explains, and "established the moral parameters of the world of Tolkien, consecrating aspects of good and evil in the races of fairies and demiurgic beings who are locked in a perpetual conflict" . The story of Beren and Lúthien, the writing that will become The Fall of Gondolin helped to shape the wider world in which he would eventually place his most famous works.
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Published for the first time as part of a collection of Tolkien's early works, The Book of Lost Tales, the story is about the founding of a secret elven city called Gondolin by an Elvish king named Turgon, the arrival of Tuor (grandfather of Elrond, the lord of Rivendell). , which was first seen in The Lord of the Rings), and the betrayal of the city by Morgoth, an evil spirit that preceded Sauron, by Turgon's nephew, Maeglin. Shaun Gunner, the president of the Tolkien Society, says that they never "dared to dream that we would see this published". The fall of Gondolin is, for many in the community of Tolkien, the texts of the Holy Grail of Tolkien as one of the three Great Tales of Tolkien. "
While Tolkien began the story shortly after the First World War, he finally put it aside, only to return to it in the 1950s, with the intention of writing it "in the novelistic style of The Lord of the Rings," Garth told him. he told The Guardian. Tolkien never finished the story before his death, which means he never officially finished writing the actual fall of the city. When he included it in The Book of Lost Tales, Christopher Tolkien pointed out that its unfinished nature was "one of the saddest facts in the whole history of incompleteness." With this new release, that story will finally come to an end, united and assembled from harsh material from various versions of the story, decades after it began.
The Fall of Gondolin will hit stores on August 30, 2018.