The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien and illustrated by Alan Lee, is finally being published as a standalone novel . The Fall of Gondolin is one of Tolkien’s three Great Tales of the Elder Days of Middle Earth alongside The Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien. It concerns the rise and fall of a great Elven kingdom Gondolin and takes place millennia before the events of The Lord of the Rings. The earliest version of the Fall of Gondolin was probably written during J.R.R. Tolkien’s convalescence at Great Haywood, Staffordshire, in 1917. This is the only full account and belongs with ‘the Book of Lost Tales’. A compressed version of the story was also written between 1926 and 1930 in Line with a much edited ‘Silmarillion’. Then around 1951, Tolkien began work on another entirely refashioned account that comes to an abrupt end once Tuor reaches the hidden city of Gondolin.
The Tale of The Fall of Gondolin takes place during the First Age of Middle Earth and concerns two of the greatest powers in Middle Earth; the evil god Morgoth who rules over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband and Ulmo, the Lord of Water, who is second in might only to Manwë, chief of the Valar. Ulmo is opposed to Morgoth/Melkor and works in secret in Middle-earth to support the Noldor Elves, including Húrin and Túrin Turambar, against the evil Morgoth/Melkor.
It Features the hidden city of Gondolin, Which was built by Noldorin Elves after they rebelled against the Gods of Valinor and fled to Middle Earth. Gondolin is ruled by King Turgon who is hated and feared by all his enemies especially Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city. Meanwhile the gods in Valinor refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo’s desires and designs.
Elsewhere Tuor, cousin of Túrin, sets out from his birthplace on a dangerous journey to the hidden Elven realm of Gondolin. He is guided by Ulmo, who actually appears to him at one point, during a storm. Having reached Gondolin, Tuor does many impressive deeds to help the Elves and achieves many great things; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter. Unfortunately Morgoth learns the location of Gondolin through an act of supreme treachery by Maeglin and finds out all that he needs to mount a devastating attack on the city. So Morgoth besieges Gondolin with Balrogs and dragons and numberless Orcs.
Tuor and Idril have a son Eärendel, and luckily Tuor and Idril, manage to escape the carnage with their child Eärendel, and flee southward. Along the way Tuor manages to save many of its inhabitants from destruction. and the refugees fled to a haven by the sea created by Tuor. Eärendil the Half-elven, The son of Tuor and Idril, eventually Marries Elwing, herself descended from Beren and Lúthien. Elwing brings Eärendil the Silmaril of Beren and Lúthien, and Eärendil uses it to travel across the sea to Aman to seek help from the Valar. Upon hearing what Morgoth has done The Valar decide to confront Morgoth, and his legions at Angband in an epic and cataclysmic battle. Later Eärendil and Elwing have two children: Elrond and Elros. As descendants of immortal elves and mortal men, they were given the choice of which lineage to belong to: Elrond chose to belong to the Elves, while his brother Elros became the first king of Numenor.