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The Fall of Gondolin

(Middle-earth Universe)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  7,229 ratings  ·  850 reviews
In the Tale of The Fall of Gondolin are two of the greatest powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar: he is called the Lord of Waters, of all seas, lakes, and rivers under the sky. ...more
Hardcover, First U.S. Edition, 304 pages
Published August 30th 2018 by Mariner Books
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Namrata Yes, and he died leaving a lot of extensive notes and unfinished manuscripts, which his son Christopher has been editing and publishing. The Silmarill…moreYes, and he died leaving a lot of extensive notes and unfinished manuscripts, which his son Christopher has been editing and publishing. The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, The History of Middle-Earth, The Children of Hurin etc. were all published after JRR Tolkien's death, by Christopher.
Amber Martingale Yes, but only two because the stories are interconnected. They are "The Children of Húrin" and "Beren and Lúthien." The stories are interconnected bec…moreYes, but only two because the stories are interconnected. They are "The Children of Húrin" and "Beren and Lúthien." The stories are interconnected because the three families are genetically interconnected not just in the Elder Days but also in the events of "The Lord of the Rings."

The hero of "The Fall of Gondolin" is nephew to Húrin, but his son by Idril, Eärendil, marries Elwing. Elwing is the granddaughter of Beren and Lúthien Tinúviel .

All of these are ancestors of Elrond of Rivendell, his three children (Arwen Evenstar, Elladan and Elrohir who are identical twins) and even Aragorn of Gondor.(less)

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Sean Barrs
I was delighted when I heard about the release of this book because in Beren and Lúthien Christopher Tolkien erroneously stated that it was going to be the last restoration of his father’s work he undertook. He changed his mind. And I thank him for it because this is a glorious tale, showcasing much of Tolkien’s brilliance.

Firstly though, many readers will have a pertinent question on their mind: is The Fall of Gondolin worth buying for those who have read The Silmarillion? It most definitel
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here it is, the third and final Great Tales of Middle-Earth in its full form. Not really.

This was my first time reading The Fall of Gondolin and I must say it reminded me of the Trojan War. I’ll be honest that I don’t have a lot of things to say regarding this book. I can seriously copy paste my Beren and Luthien review with a few tweaks and it would describe my thoughts on the book appropriately.

This doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy reading the book, I actually liked the main story of The Fall
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
August 1, 2018: 21.76€ for an ebook? TWENTY ONE POINT SEVENTY SIX EUROS FOR AN EBOOK? ARE YOU BLOODY SHRIMPING KIDDING ME???!!!! And here I was, thinking Lies of the Beholder being available for pre-order at 10€ was a total rip-off. Goes to show you can be both cunningly nefarious and ridiculously naive.

New bloody shrimping Tolkien novel + reluctant hero + dark lord + epic battles =

P.S. The final Kate Daniels instalment will be released on August 28. So will Sandman Slim #10. And now this one on
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
i don't want to sound like a weirdo but my copy of this book.... smells REALLY good...

Buddy-read with Reyes💞

RTC. Current feelings/thoughts summarised below in one picture:
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fans of Tolkien and his Silmarillion will not be too disappointed in this book. It's not as recursive as Beren and Luthien and the strong descriptions of Gondolin's destruction are really quite fun.

I mean, who DOESN'T love balrogs and hosts of orcs descending upon and destroying the hidden city of elves in a grand bloody rout? Sure, there's mighty good sendoff and defense, but what we really wanted to see is all those stupid kinslaying elves get theirs.

Hmmm. I might be a bit bloodthirsty today.
Rachel Libke
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you need any further incentive to read this beautiful book apart from the fact that it's by Tolkien, just know that it involves Balrogs riding dragons into battle. ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It can't be denied, The Silmarillion lacks a lot of details on The Fall of Gondolin, a story that is as impressive and visceral as all the others. Forever grateful to Christopher. The many variations of the tale are another proof we have that Tolkien was really invested in his mythology, but more important are those plot lines that never changed during decades. The Fall of Gondolin really is the beginning of the end of the First Age, is magnificent and the illustrations are gold. If you don't mi ...more
milou  ☕️
↠ 4 stars

The mighty Tuor

Italian Trulli

Throughout the years we have received a fair share of stories and books that take place in Middle-Earth, from the First Age till the Fourth Age. Almost every part from The Silmarillion has been given their own book, rich with details and lore. This time it was finally The Fall of Gondolin's turn and it was worth the wait.

In the Silmarillion the description of the Fall of Gondolin was brief and not as elaborated. We are given various versions of how the mighty and hidden
Nicholas Kotar
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
If only Tolkien had finished the last version of this story. It would have been one of the most tragic and beautiful novels of our time.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, fantasy
Christopher Tolkien (J.R.R.'s son) has done a great job collating Tolkien's lost works. He has taken the unpublished works from drafts of stories J.R.R. never completed. The Fall of Gondonlin is an event that takes place after the Silmarillion. The story called "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin" relates how Tuor found the city and how Melkor (later known as Morgoth) sought its destruction.

While not a complete book, the story has several versions that are shown. It gives us a background on the
T.R. Preston
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The final work of Christopher Tolkien. That makes me very sad. More so than I could possibly sum up in this Goodreads text box. This really is the end of an era. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I do literally anything that came from the mind of Tolkien or his son. And bless Alan Lee for this cover. His art-style is really something.

This is the last possible piece we can receive from this fictional world. This is the final curtain call. There are a lot of strange emotions attached to that sta
Sotiris Karaiskos
The story of the fall of Gondolin was the first to be written by the great writer when he was still in the First World War, so is fitting the last book of his writings edited by his son, Christopher Tolkien, to be relevant to this story. It is, of course, one of the most intense episodes of the first era of this fantastic world, a story of struggle, hesitation, love, betrayal, and a final disaster that has been the greatest triumph of the forces of evil. A story that - like all the other of the ...more
Timothy Boyd
While this does have the actual story of the "Fall of Gondolin", both the original and the rewritten versions, the book is really more a history of how Tolkien evolved the story through the years into it's final form. Like the Beren and Lúthien book this is probably more of interest to a Tolkien for the history and evolution of the writings. The story is a interesting one in the history of the Tolkien world. Recommended ...more
Catherine Stormblessed
This is beautifully written and is great for the die-hard Tolkien fans. Similar to the Silmarillion, however, it’s not something I would recommend to a mass amount of people. It’s definitely something to just appreciate in the grand scheme of Middle-Earth with the prose it is illustrated by.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is, according to his own statement in the foreword, Christopher Tolkien‘s last book. JRR‘s son is 94 years old and thus has also already given up his seat on the board of the Tolkien Estate. Which means that an era comes to an end with this book. And I couldn‘t imagine a more appropriate form for it.

The titular city of Gondolin was built (and hidden) during the First Age by the wayward elves, the ones shunning the rest of their kind and the gods that made them. JRR penned 6 different versio
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, tolkien
3 Stars

In the final book from Christopher Tolkien compiled by reviewing his father’s writings, there was a mix of everything that made his father’s stories wonderful along with my same issues with the last of these books released, Beren and Luthien.

Gondolin is one of the most famous locations in Tolkien lore. This book tells the background of that city as well as the details of its fall.

So the good. There was something really cool about seeing stories filled with legendary characters reference
Tuor's story is one of the great epics from the First Age and I thoroughly enjoyed reading more versions of it aside from ones I read from The Silmarillion and The Book of Lost Tales.

Lots of great and memorable details from the battle itself, including acts of heroism, and treachery, plus even cowardice. Yep, as my buddy Kathrine said, we find more behavioral spectrum of the elves compared to the familiar Third Age. We guess that after all those wars, curse, and kinslaying all that were left wer
Jan 04, 2019 added it
Shelves: tolkien, fantasy
Putting this remarkable book on hold until the summer. I need to have the right peace of mind to properly enjoy it. It deserves as much.
Parmida Alikhani
Sep 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-myths
A tragic tale of the fall of beauty and blessing...

“For the heart that is pitiless counteth, not the power that pity hath, of which stern anger may be forged and a lightning kindled before which mountains fall.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fall of Gondolin

“Balrogs. Now, these were demons with whips of flame and claws of steel by whom he tormented those of the Noldoli who durst withstand him in anything –and the Eldar have called them Malkarauki. But the rede that Meglin gave to Melko was that not all t
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, tolkien
In this final book edited by Christopher Tolkien, we get to study the third of the "Great Tales" of the Elder Days. Similar to "Beren and Luthien" Christopher Tolkien compares and contrasts three different versions of the story that his father wrote, explains when and why the changes happened and, in the case of the last version, explains why the story remained unfinished.

I greatly enjoyed seeing the evolution of The Fall of Gondolin over time. It was especially nice that, unlike in "Beren and
Barry Cunningham
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Utterly enthralling, I am never disappointed in any book to do with Tolkien as I am thoroughly absorbed in the whole Universe, Worlds, Lands, People, Creatures and legends that he created. This is well worth the read and no doubt I will read it again some time later as I have done with every book in this wonderful family.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-odyssey
I finished this as the grey light of morning waned and gold pierced through the fog. The Fall of Gondolin tells of the downfall of last enclave of Noldoli, Deep Elves, who escaped Melko after the Battle of Unnubmered Tears. Christopher Tolkien has taken on the monumental task of trying to piece together the fragments of a multitude of versions pertaining to Gondolin and Tuor, hero who's line will yield both Elrond of Rivendell and Elros, the King of Númenor.

Beside the insight into the creation p
Hell yeah! How come release like that can sneak up on you??! Looking forward and clearing space in my TBR queue 😄
The story of the sack of the hidden city of Gondolin wasn't a favourite of mine in The Silmarillion, and this reedition that includes fragments of earlier versions hasn't done much to improve my deficient enthusiasm for it.

I can understand why Mr Christopher would want to publish the third and last Great Tale; at his advanced age, there's a need for completion, to not leave loose ends, and with Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien out already, Gondolin couldn't have been more conspicuous a m
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book was not wholly what I was expecting and it’s probably best to go in knowing what to expect (and more importantly what not to expect). I had thought (having somehow neglected to read Beren and Lúthien) that this was a completed version of one of his father’s unfinished works like The Children of Húrin. However, the length of that draft manuscript appears to have been unique among Tolkien’s work. His other two great tales of the Elder Days exist only in much shorter or unfinished forms. ...more
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
For the final time, Christopher Tolkien takes us on the journey of his father's evolution of one of the greater stories from The Silmarillion: the fall of the greatest and last kingdom of the Noldor, brought down from within by a spoiled brat who couldn't handle being told no. ... Hm, that sounds vaguely familiar to some certain RL events of late. 🤔

Anyway, it's interesting to see the ways the story changed over the years, from its earliest conception (that survived) to the last draft, sadly aban
Soroush R. Gharehbaghi
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Fall of Gondolin as the last book published by Christopher Tolkein that is set in Middle-Earth tells of one of three great stories of Arda in the first age. The story is about war between two enemies. Melkor Morgoth, Once a mighty Vala and god fallen into evil and Ulmo, Sea-god of Valars. And in center of this enemity is Gondolin, The beautiful but hidden city of Noldori Elves that rebled in Valinor, The Ancient Heaven of the West, Against Valar and came to Arda to fight against Melkor. And ...more
Al Burke
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Gotta be honest, I didn't finish the whole book. The story itself is great after a slow start, reads a bit like the Iliad. After 100 pages or so, it reverts to CT discussing how the story was put together and reflections on different notes he found. My TBR's constant screams for attention superseded this. ...more
John Ollerton
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice to have more Tolkien and of course a labour or love for the aged Christopher Tolkien but the oft repeated notes were somewhat to me.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Being a major Tolkien fan and wanting to know more of the history on Middle-earth, the Valar, and the epic stories that evolved into the books The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, this book truly does make my heart soar. It took me a while to read this, but mainly because so much detail has been written that, in order to understand everything, you have to read slow and steady. I was able to follow Tuor through his journey of discovering Gondolin and witness the ending of such a beautiful kingdom, n ...more
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE was an English writer, poet, WWI veteran (a First Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, British Army), philologist, and university professor, best known as the author of the high fantasy classic works The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings .

Tolkien was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford from 1925 to 1945, and Merton Professor of English

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