Good For Your Elf?
♦ Over at the BBC, they have just announced that JRR Tolkien’s first Middle Earth story, The Fall Of Gondolin, will be published as a standalone book for the first time…
JRR Tolkien’s The Fall of Gondolin, which the author described as “the first real story” set in Middle-earth, is to be published as a stand-alone book for the first time.
The book charts the story of an elven city sacked by the Dark Lord, Morgoth.
The author started writing it in 1917, before returning to Middle-earth for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Tolkien Society chair Shaun Gunner said that many fans regarded The Fall of Gondolin as “the Holy Grail of Tolkien texts”.
The Fall of Gondolin is the second “new” work to be edited and released by Tolkien’s son Christopher Tolkien in two years.
It has come as a surprise to many, since Christopher – who is 93 – described the 2017 release of Beren and Luthien as “(presumptively) my last book in the long series of editions of my father’s writings”.
The only Middle-earth-based novels to be published by JRR Tolkien in his lifetime were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He died in 1973.