Release date set for Tolkien story ‘The Fall of Gondolin’

JRR Tolkien is said to have regarded ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ as one of the ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days. — Handout via AFP
JRR Tolkien is said to have regarded ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ as one of the ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days. — Handout via AFP

LONDON, April 11 — JRR Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin will see the light of day in August, the third in a trilogy of posthumously published stories by the creator of Middle-earth.

The Fall of Gondolin follows on from The Children of Húrin, published in 2007, and Beren and Lúthien, released in 2017.

Like those volumes, this one will include drawings and colour plates by The Lord of the Rings illustrator Alan Lee. The author’s son, Christopher Tolkien, edited the forthcoming book.

The story focuses on Tuor, who sets out on a fearful journey from the land of his birth to the “beautiful but undiscoverable” Elven city of Gondolin, where he weds the king’s daughter and has a son before a devastating attack on the city by the evil power of Morgoth.

JRR Tolkien is said to have described The Fall of Gondolin as “the first real story of this imaginary world” of Middle-earth, and together with the other two stories, regarded it as one of the “Great Tales” of the Elder Days, happening long before the events of The Lord of the Rings.

The 304-page book will publish on August 30. — AFP-Relaxnews

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