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The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Long before Bilbo found the One Ring, even long before that ring was made, Morgoth, the creator of everything evil, and Ulmo, the Lord of Waters were up against each other in the north of middle-earth. The center of their conflict was the secret elvish city of Gondolin which Morgoth seeks to destroy while Ulmo longs to protect it. Therefore he chooses Tuor, a human, and shows him the way to Gondolin to warn its people. But the king of Gondolin decides to ignore this warning. When Morgoth gets to know the location of the city by betrayal, the fall of Gondolin begins.

„The Fall of Gondolin“ is not a new story. Those who are familiar with Tolkien's works will be already familiar with Gondolin's downfall as the story can be found in „The Silmarillion“, the „Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth“ or „The Book of Lost Tales – Part Two“. This new edition is not only about the story itself, but also and especially about the development and evolution of the text. There are several comments by J.R.R. Tolkien's son Christopher Tolkien which reconstruct the timeline of the writing process or notes concerning passages of the text. Tolkien's son succeeds in bringing some order in the contradictory notes and make them comprehensible for the recipient.

„The Fall of Gondolin“ ranks with „The Children of Húrin“ and „Beren and Lúthien“ as it also takes place in the First Age of Middle-earth. As „The Fall of Gondolin“ is not a new story, the text mainly adresses fans of Tolkien's works, who like to explore those further. Considering the latest version of the story, Gondolin's demise is told on only 58 pages out of 304. In comparison: The earliest version consists of 75 pages. As a regular book the story is only partly suited. But for those who wish to learn more about the evolution of the text, like to compare its different versions or even want to use it for academical research, the book provides interesting insides and even some anecdotes. Furthermore the text is accompanied by eight coloured and fifteen black and white illustrations by the artist Alan Lee who illustrated many of Tolkien's works and was also involved in the films.

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Reading Progress

August 28, 2018 – Started Reading
August 28, 2018 – Shelved
August 28, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
August 28, 2018 –
page 22
August 29, 2018 –
page 128
August 31, 2018 – Finished Reading

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