Now, a new novel is being added to the growing Middle-earth collection. Amazon is projected to spend $1 million on a five-season commitment based on the J.R.R. Tolkien series, and now, HarperCollins announced that another fantasy book from Tolkien, The Fall of Gondolin, will be hitting shelves this year.
The book will feature drawings and colour plates by Alan Lee, who won an Oscar for Best Art Direction (now called Best Production Design) for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003. Fortuitously, it will be a crucial missing Middle-earth tale, one that J.R.R.is said to have written while recovering from injuries sustained in one of World War I's bloodiest campaigns, the Battle of the Somme, which took place from July to November 1916.
"The announcement came as a surprise to scholars of Tolkien's work since 93-year-old Christopher Tolkien wrote in the preface to Beren and Luthien that the book was "(presumptively) my last book in the long series of editions of my father's writings". Tolkien never actually wrote the full story, but Christopher Tolkien has compiled a version of it from various sources. "It has a dark lord, our first encounter with orcs and balrogs-it's really Tolkien limbering up for what he would be doing later".
As the title indicates, the story will portray the fall of the hidden city after 400 years at the hands of Morgoth and show how some were able to escape, but it will also portray a vast fight between good and evil and a love story, some of the themes we saw in Tolkien's other published works. Those who have indulged in The Silmarillion may recognize the name, as it was referenced in the book.
EW is reporting that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is set to publish a new tale in the form of The Fall of Gondolin. The Fall of Gondolin is, to many in the Tolkien community, the Holy Grail of Tolkien texts as one of Tolkien's three Great Tales alongside The Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien. Let us know your thoughts down below!