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The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien
(Edited by Christopher Tolkien):

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Evil Morgoth rules over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, who is called the Lord of Waters. Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelled in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Morgoth seeks in vain to discover the marvelously hidden city, while the gods of Valinor largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo, who desires to protect it.

Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin. Guided unseen by Ulmo, Tuor journeys to Gondolin, where he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon's daughter; and they have a son, Eärendel. But there will come a terrible ending when Morgoth, through a supreme act of treachery, will mount a devastating attack on the city with Balrogs, dragons and numberless Orcs. After the destruction, Tuor's son survives and lives into the next story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources.

Following Beren and Lúthien, Christopher Tolkien has used the same "history in sequence" mode in the writing of The Fall of Gondolin. In the words of J.R.R. Tolkien, it was "the first real story of this imaginary world" and, together with Beren and Lúthien and The Children of Húrin, it is one of the three "Great Tales" of the Elder Days.

The Fall of Gondolin Contents:

The Fall of Gondolin

The Original Tale
The Earliest Text
Turlin and the Exiles of Gondolin
The Story Told in the Sketch of the Mythology
The Story Told in the Noldorinwa
The Last Version
The Evolution of the Story
List of Names
Additional Notes

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