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The Fall of Gondolin

Narrated by: Timothy West, Samuel West
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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Presented for the first time as a stand-alone work, the epic tale of The Fall of Gondolin reunites fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings with Elves and Men, Balrogs, Dragons and Orcs and the rich landscape and creatures unique to Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

This audio production features Samuel West, voicing J. R. R. Tolkien’s original writings, and Timothy West, reading the editorial commentary by Christopher Tolkien. 

Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable, is central to the enmity of two of the greatest powers in the world.

Morgoth of the uttermost evil seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city of his Elven enemies, while the gods in Valinor refuse to support Ulmo Lord of Waters' designs to protect it.

Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Túrin, and guided unseen by Ulmo he sets out on the fearful journey to Gondolin to warn them of their coming doom. Then 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.

©2018 J. R. R. Tolkien (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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very insightful

the audio performance was spectacular, and it is truly wonderful to see the evolution of Tolkien's Legendarium, but I found that certain pieces of information were perhaps not placed in the best places, and would very much have liked to hear a more complete Fall of Gondolin such as the one that was pushed in the Silmarillion, but was not such a big deal and considering the incredibly quick pace at which I imagine this was compiled by a man in his nineties I do not think it terrible nor did it make this anything but a really enjoyable listen.

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Something special

The evolution of a tale. Very interesting to hear about the changes made and get a little insight into both Tolkien's writing and thoughts.

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  • Padraig sheehan
  • 2019-11-23

wonderful compilation of the fall of Gondolin

very insightful, learned more of Tolkien's lore that I hadnt known from the silmarillion and a wonderful account of Gondolin. Shame he was never able to finish such a deep story or bring it to fulfillment in detail and stature as it was obviously meant to be. Still loved it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-12-02

Wowzer

Loved it - Children of Hurin levels of heroics, but one great stand right after another in rapid-fire. An experience, to be sure. Plus great insight from Christopher's notes/commentary. Very, very good.

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  • Jerry B.
  • 2019-12-13

Outstanding

Enjoying JRR Tolkien’s thought process is riveting. We need the history of Middle earth on audio.

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  • D. Limback
  • 2020-03-18

Feels like a research paper

I loved the Silmarrilion and I have been so happy that they have been bringing those stories back at an easier to enjoy level. The Children of Hurin is a great story about an absolutely tragic character. The tale of Beren and Luthien tells about star crossed lovers battling near gods to be together. This book is not that. This book is two hours of a fragment of how Gondolin fell. It’s a very interesting two hours. Those two hours are wedged between an eight hour explanation about why this story wasn’t finished by J.R.R. Tolkien. If you are a mega fan of the lord of the rings and need to have everything that Tolkien wrote, then this book is definitely written for you. If you are a casual fantasy fan who thinks they are getting a cool story about a place vaguely mentioned in The Hobbit, stay away. Eight hours of back story for a two hour tale isn’t worth it.

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  • Charle
  • 2020-01-09

Odd

Guess I should have read the fine print. This is like listening to a screen play, stage directions included. Not what I expected.

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  • Megan
  • 2020-04-29

Delve deep into history in search of Tuor's story

This is not a story with a single text, but it is instead an archeological study. Join Christoppher Tolkien as he attempts to peaice together the events surrounding The Fall Of Gondolin and the life of Tuor the messenger of Ulmo. You will be presented with multiple contradictory texts obscured by the fog of time. You will need to discern the truth of the facts based only on the weight of the tales presented.

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  • Gregory E. Clifford
  • 2020-01-14

Middle Earth History Lesson

There is a reason J.R.R. Tolkien never published this novel while he was alive. Even with the material added by his son, Christopher Tolkien, The Fall of Gondolin reads more like a synopsis than a story. Little effort is made to develop characters or build suspense. Key events are skimmed over rather than fleshed out, and all tension and emotion are wrung out of the prose by the necessity of keeping the majestic narrative flowing. And yet it is that majestic narrative that saves this book from obscurity. Tolkien's words are beautiful and a joy to listen to, especially as performed by Samuel West. Tolkien nerds will probably overlook the book's shortcomings and appreciate the depth added to the Middle Earth lore.

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  • Peter Adamove
  • 2020-04-10

Recommended for all fans of the Tolkien's world!

Amazing and very enjoyable listen! You will appreciate every minute of it. Narrators' performance is excellent!

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  • Stef
  • 2020-03-23

dense but worth it

the text is very dense, and hard to digest large parts at once, but if you can stick it out, it is worth it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-26

More of an incredible essay than a cohesive tale

Which of course makes sense given the context of the book. If you're expecting a Children of Húrin, this isn't another one of those. But if you want a better understanding of Tolkien and the evolution of Middle Earth, this is an absolute must listen.

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