The Fall of Gondolin

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The Fall of Gondolin. HarC, 2018

 

HarperCollins, 2018. 1e druk. Ingebonden. Geïllustreerd door Alan Lee.

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.

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 Tuor 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 Fall of Gondolin de luxe editie

HarperCollins, 2018. 1e druk. Ingebonden. In een foedraal. Geïllustreerd in z/w en kleur door Alan Lee. Met een extra kleurenillustatie als frontispiece door Alan Lee. Kwart-gebonden in grijze borden. Met een goudkleurig embleem op boek en foedraal. Beperkte oplage.*

The Fall of Gondolin Large Print Edition

 

HarperCollins, 2018. 1e druk. Paperback. Geïllustreerd in z/w door Alan Lee.

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.

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 Tuor 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.*

De val van Gondolin

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Boekerij, 2019. 1e druk. In gebonden. Geïllustreerd in kleur en z/w door Alan Lee.

Het allerlaatste ongepubliceerde boek van Tolkien en het eerste verhaal dat hij schreef over Midden-aarde



De val van Gondolin volgt de ultieme krachtmeting tussen "de bron van alle kwaad' Morgoth en de zeegod Ulmo. Morgoth probeert de verborgen stad Gondolin te vinden en te vernietigen, terwijl Ulmo de Noldor verdedigt, de Elfenclan die Gondolin ooit bouwde, maar er al tijden niet meer woont.



De lezer volgt een van de Noldor, Tuor, die een avontuurlijke en gevaarlijke queeste onderneemt om Gondolin te vinden. Wanneer hij eindelijk aankomt in Gondolin, wordt hij een belangrijk man en krijgt hij een zoon: Eärendil, een belangrijk figuur in De Silmarillion en In de ban van de ring. Maar Morgoth valt aan met Balrogs, draken en orks, en de stad lijkt ten onder te gaan…*

The Great Tales of Middle-earth (23/11)

HougthonMifflin, 2018. Foedraal met daarin de drie boeken die Tolkien zelf de "great tales of Middle-earth" noemde: The Childrien of Húrin, Beren and Lúthien en The Fall of Gondolin. Ingebonden. Geïllusteerd door Alan Lee.*