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The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Recommended for: devoted Tolkien fans

↠ 4 stars

The mighty Tuor

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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 city of Gondolin fell into the hands of the Dark Lord Melkor and how many elves perished during the battle, or fled the city. Originally the story of Gondolin was incomplete but Christopher Tolkien has been able to fill in the gaps of his father's work and give us the answers that we needed.

This story will be like coming home to many devoted Tolkien fans who get to experience this world one final time. I know that last year we were all convinced that Beren and Lúthien was to be the last book that would be published in Tolkien's name ever, and we got this massive surprise with the announcement of the Fall of Gondolin. Still this time we have to remember that this truly will be the end of an ara. It's remarkable that so many books of professor Tolkien have been published since his dead in 1973, for which I've been immensely thankful of. We would've never been given all of the lore of Middle-Earth if Christopher Tolkien had never accomplished his father's works and published them.

To me the Fall of Gondolin has been an extraordinary and tragic tale which I've thoroughly enjoyed. We got to read a lot more about Tuor and how he ended up at Gondolin and his connection with Ulmo.

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Ulmo and Tuor

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Tuor reaches Gondolin

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Turgon, king of Gondolin

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Turgon, Idril and Elenwe

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The Gondolindrim

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I'm dedicating a special part of this review to no one else than Glorfindel who has been my favorite elf for as long as I've been a Tolkien fan. He is an emissary of Middle-Earth for a reason. Glorfindel played a huge role during the fall of Gondolin who bravely fought against the Balrog Gothmog! He needs to be appreciated for that.

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Only where Glorfindel is, is Echtelion. The two of them fought side by side during the battle. He too needs to be reminded for his bravery and his valor. I'm a fan of both Glorfindel and Echtelion, which is why reading about their part during the battle hit home to me, and kind of broke my heart. I may have ended up crying a little over elves, but what else is new?

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Ecthelion and Glorfindel are precious okay

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Echtelion and Glorfindel during the battle

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Of course I had to include this beautiful illustration as well. Come on, look at it! It warms my heart in the most pleasant way.

This book is only for the most devoted Tolkien fans who have read the rest of the professors works because else this isn't going to be something you'll end up liking, and you will not understand the importance of this story in Middle-Earth.

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Reading Progress

April 10, 2018 – Shelved
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: cover-porn
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: authors-i-adore
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: be-still-my-beating-heart
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: favorite-world
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
April 10, 2018 – Shelved as: tolkien
April 11, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 28, 2018 – Started Reading
August 28, 2018 –
page 36
11.84% "i'm already in love 💓"
August 28, 2018 –
page 77
25.33% "glorfindel, ecthelion and turgon!

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August 29, 2018 –
page 101
33.22% "me: [cries over elves which already have been dead for thousands of years]"
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018-favorites
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: 4-star-reads
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: my-preciouses
August 29, 2018 – Shelved as: my-heart-is-aching
August 29, 2018 – Finished Reading
October 17, 2018 – Shelved as: read-2018

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