45 years after his death, JRR Tolkien is still publishing new books. And this time, it’s a stand-alone book that takes place before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series.
The book, entitled The Fall of Gondolin, is considered by the author as “the first real story” of Middle-earth. It tells the tale of the sea-god Ulmo, who goes up against the Dark Lord Morgoth, to protect the elven city of Gondolin.
“It’s a quest story with a reluctant hero who turns into a genuine hero – it’s a template for everything Tolkien wrote afterwards,” said Joh Garth, a Tolkien expert. “It has a dark lord, our first encounter with orcs and balrogs – it’s really Tolkien limbering up for what he would be doing later.”
— TheOneRing.net (@theoneringnet) April 10, 2018
It’s thought that Tolkien wrote the material while he was hospitalised following the Battle of Somme in World War I. It has now been edited and released by his 93-year-old son, Christopher Tolkien.
The Fall of Gondolin is considered by many in the Tolkien community as “the Holy Grail of Tolkien texts.” It comes out 30 August, complete with illustrations by Allan Lee, whose works on The Hobbit and LOTR gave inspiration to Peter Jackson’s film adaptations.
If you’d like to know more about the upcoming book, head on over to The Guardian.
Via The Guardian