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The Fall Of Gondolin


Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
language : en
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date : 2018-08-30

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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.

The Fall Of Gondolin


Author : J.R.R. Tolkien
language : en
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date : 2018-08-30

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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. But he works in secret in Middle-earth to support the Noldor, the kindred of the Elves among whom were numbered Húrin and Túrin Turambar. 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 dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs. Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, the instrument of Ulmo’s designs. Guided unseen by him Tuor sets out from the land of his birth on the fearful journey to Gondolin, and in one of the most arresting moments in the history of Middle-earth the sea-god himself appears to him, rising out of the ocean in the midst of a storm. In Gondolin he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter, and their son is Eärendel, whose birth and profound importance in days to come is foreseen by Ulmo. At last comes the terrible ending. Morgoth learns through an act of supreme treachery all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city, with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs. After a minutely observed account of the fall of Gondolin, the tale ends with the escape of Túrin and Idril, with the child Eärendel, looking back from a cleft in the mountains as they flee southward, at the blazing wreckage of their city. They were journeying into a new story, the Tale of Eärendel, which Tolkien never wrote, but which is sketched out in this book from other sources. Following his presentation of Beren and Lúthien Christopher Tolkien has used the same ‘history in sequence’ mode in the writing of this edition 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, he regarded it as one of the three ‘Great Tales’ of the Elder Days.

The Lay Of The Fall Of Gondolin


Author : Nathan Spinaze
language : en
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date : 2016-11-15

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In the First Age of Middle Earth, Morgoth - The Dark Lord - built his refuge in Angband behind the Thangorodrim: having fled from the vengeance of the Valar in the West. The Valar took no action at this time: but Feanor and his sons led hosts of Noldor to the shores of Middle Earth to hunt down Morgoth and to recover from him their stolen Silmarils - if they could. But the strength of Angband was such that it could not be taken by assault: so the Noldor built themselves forts, and strong towers, and places of refuge. And of these last, the most renowned was the Hidden City of Gondolin - built in the time of King Turgon, son of Fingolfin, inside the Encircling Mountains upon the plain of Tumladen. Gondolin survived longer than any other of the fortified places and cities of refuge: it was the last Noldor stronghold to remain hidden - for a time - from the wrath and the malice of Morgoth. But Morgoth's might could not be finally withstood: and finally Gondolin herself was betrayed and offered up to the armies of the Dark Lord - who was pitiless and without mercy. The Lay of the Fall of Gondolin recounts the events leading to the city's final destruction: the coming of Turgon's nephew Maeglin into Gondolin and his rise in the King's favour; the later arrival of Tuor bearing Ulmo's arms and tokens from Nevrast; and the apocalyptic events leading to the betrayal and fall of the Hidden City. Retold in epic rhymed verse, this stirring account faithfully recaptures Tolkien's own poetic style as published in "The Lays of Beleriand.""

The Children Of H Rin


Author : J.R.R. Tolkien
language : en
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date : 2012-02-15

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The Children of Húrin is the first complete book by J.R.R.Tolkien since the 1977 publication of The Silmarillion. Six thousand years before the One Ring is destroyed, Middle-earth lies under the shadow of the Dark Lord Morgoth. The greatest warriors among elves and men have perished, and all is in darkness and despair. But a deadly new leader rises, Túrin, son of Húrin, and with his grim band of outlaws begins to turn the tide in the war for Middle-earth -- awaiting the day he confronts his destiny and the deadly curse laid upon him. The paperback edition of The Children of Húrin includes eight color paintings by Alan Lee and a black-and-white map.

Tolkien And The Great War


Author : John Garth
language : en
Publisher: HMH
Release Date : 2013-06-11

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How the First World War influenced the author of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy: “Very much the best book about J.R.R. Tolkien that has yet been written.” —A. N. Wilson As Europe plunged into World War I, J. R. R. Tolkien was a student at Oxford and part of a cohort of literary-minded friends who had wide-ranging conversations in their Tea Club and Barrovian Society. After finishing his degree, Tolkien experienced the horrors of the Great War as a signal officer in the Battle of the Somme, where two of those school friends died. All the while, he was hard at work on an original mythology that would become the basis of his literary masterpiece, the Lord of the Rings trilogy. In this biographical study, drawn in part from Tolkien’s personal wartime papers, John Garth traces the development of the author’s work during this critical period. He shows how the deaths of two comrades compelled Tolkien to pursue the dream they had shared, and argues that the young man used his imagination not to escape from reality—but to transform the cataclysm of his generation. While Tolkien’s contemporaries surrendered to disillusionment, he kept enchantment alive, reshaping an entire literary tradition into a form that resonates to this day. “Garth’s fine study should have a major audience among serious students of Tolkien.” —Publishers Weekly “A highly intelligent book . . . Garth displays impressive skills both as researcher and writer.” —Max Hastings, author of The Secret War “Somewhere, I think, Tolkien is nodding in appreciation.” —San Jose Mercury News “A labour of love in which journalist Garth combines a newsman’s nose for a good story with a scholar’s scrupulous attention to detail . . . Brilliantly argued.” —Daily Mail (UK) “Gripping from start to finish and offers important new insights.” —Library Journal “Insight into how a writer turned academia into art, how deeply friendship supports and wounds us, and how the death and disillusionment that characterized World War I inspired Tolkien’s lush saga.” —Detroit Free Press

The Book Of Lost Tales 2 The History Of Middle Earth Book 2


Author : Christopher Tolkien
language : en
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Release Date : 2011-03-03

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The second of a two-book set that contains the early myths and legends which led to the writing of Tolkien’s epic tale of war, The Silmarillion.

The Lay Of Aotrou And Itroun


Author : J. R. R. Tolkien
language : en
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date : 2017-11-07

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Coming from the darker side of J.R.R. Tolkien's imagination, this is an important non Middle-earth work to set alongside his other retellings of existing myth and legend, "The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrún," "The Fall of Arthur," and "The Story of Kullervo."