New JRR Tolkien Book The Fall Of Gondolin Hitting Bookshelves This Year

The Fall of Gondolin

Gondolin refers to a vast mountain-elevated city of the Elven kin, the Noldor, hidden from evil and built by lord-later-king, Turgon, after their exile from Valinor, the Undying Lands. That is why 45 years after his death we will see that universe expanded even further with yet another new J.R.R Tolkien book. Alan Lee, who illustrated The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, will lend his skills to this book as well.

Tolkien once called the fable about the mysterious and lovely city of Gondolin's downfall at the hands of dark forces the first "real story" in his Lord of the Rings universe.

"[The Fall of Gondolin also contains Tolkien's] biggest battle narrative outside of The Lord of the Rings". He edited and released 2007's The Children of Húrin and 2017's Beren and Lúthien. "Christopher Tolkien, who is now 93 himself, said last year's publication of Beren and Luthien would be "(presumptively) my last book in the long series of editions of my father's writings".

According to HypeBeast, he said: "It's a quest story with a reluctant hero who turns into a genuine hero - it's a template for everything Tolkien wrote afterwards". Tolkien never actually wrote the full story, but Christopher Tolkien has compiled a version of it from various sources. The novel was written while the legendary author was in the hospital following the Battle of the Somme. "It has a dark lord, our first encounter with orcs and balrogs-it's really Tolkien limbering up for what he would be doing later".

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Another era from the ancient history of Middle-earth (briefly chronicled in The Silmarillion,) will be greatly expanded in The Fall of Gondolin, given away by its very title.

So in 2007 Christopher Tolkien released The Children of Hurin, which was followed by Beren and Luthien past year.

Last week it was announced that Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV series would get five seasons and could cost over $1 billion, making it the most expensive show ever.

EW is reporting that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is set to publish a new tale in the form of The Fall of Gondolin. Let us know your thoughts down below!

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