Who thought that these days we could say that a new work by the late J.R.R. Tolkien would be seeing the light of day? An unpublished work by the famed author set in Middle-Earth will be released titled ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ which was edited and revised by his son Christopher Tolkien. With Amazon revealing details of their new ‘Lord of the Rings‘ series this seems to be the perfect time to announce the release of the title.
The book is coming from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and is about a city which has previously been referenced in ‘The Silmarillion.’ In fact, the destruction of this hidden city was specifically mentioned, and now we’ll find all of the details that lead to its tragic fate.
The era is well before the events in ‘Lord of the Rings’ where the dark lord Morgoth ruled the lands. If you’re unfamiliar with the source material, Morgoth was Sauron’s mentor and stood unopposed by his fellow godlike beings. That is, outside of the Lord of the Waters Ulmo who was secretly working with the Noldorin Elves who called Gondolin their home. While the city is meant to be undiscoverable, we see Morgoth locate it and send his forces to flush it out.
Fans have always wanted a chance to read ‘The Tale of Eärendel’ even though it was never completed but this lays much of the groundwork for that story and Christopher was able to include many portions of it thanks to his father’s outlines.
This isn’t the first of his father’s works which Christopher has taken over finishing, but it might likely be his last. He had already stated that ‘Beren and Lúthien‘ which was previously released would be so it seems unlikely that another might be in the cards.
Are you looking forward to checking out ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ when it drops on August 30th, 2018? Do you think that this will be our final official look into the world of Middle Earth? Share your thoughts below!
Source: Entertainment Weekly