A new Lord of the Rings book is slated for release, spotlighting a little-known chapter in the history of Middle-earth. As the world gears up for Amazon's Lord of the Rings television show, fans and newcomers to the series will most likely want to revisit the books, re-introducing themselves to the world J.R.R. Tolkien created to prepare themselves for the show.
There's a lot to cover. There have already been multiple adaptations of the original three books that comprise the Lord of the Rings trilogy. From animated adaptations to director Peter Jackson's iconic trilogy, the world of J.R.R. Tolkien has seen life in multiple forms. The world that Frodo the hobbit, his loyal friend Samwise, the mysterious and wise Gandalf, and others have developed into a massive sprawling universe that takes place across multiple mediums and has developed a massive fanbase. With fans eager to explore more of Middle-earth after The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Tolkien's son Christopher has tasked himself with cataloging his father's work and walking readers through his world.
According to EW, it's a world that's about to get bigger with a brand new book. Titled The Fall of Gondolin, the novel will chronicle the fall of Gondolin, a major city in Middle-earth, and its citizens. First mentioned in The Silmarillion, the story has all the hallmarks of Tolkien, including; a doomed love story, an incredibly epic battle (widely believed to be the largest Tolkien described), and a half-human, half-elf child slated for a great destiny. The Fall of Gondolin began life as The Tale of Earendale and Christopher Tolkien will walk readers through the story in the upcoming book, which is now slated to arrive on August 30th, 2018.
The book will be the conclusion of a trilogy based on stories from The Silmarillion that includes The Children of Hurin, and The Tale of Beren and Luthien. It will feature drawings and color plates from Alan Lee, who won the Best Art Direction Oscar for his work on Jackson's Return of the King adaptation. That might be a key sign for fans looking forward to the Lord of the Rings TV show that this book is worth paying attention to, especially with the news that Jackson might produce Amazon's Lord of the Rings series.
When people think of fantasy nowadays, they often think first of HBO's Game of Thrones TV show based on the books by George R.R. Martin. While most high fantasy has similar roots in stories about large monsters and mysterious doomed romances, The Fall of Gondolin sounds a bit more like Game of Thrones than other Middle-earth tales. This further suggests that it could be incorporated in the narrative for the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV adaptation. It's worth considering, anyway.
The Tale of Earendale, or The Fall of Gondolin as it's now going to be called, is a broad sweeping story that features plenty of fantastical monsters and excitement for fans of all shades. Even if Amazon's Lord of the Rings TV show doesn't adapt it, the book sounds like a must-read for any Tolkien and/or Middle-earth enthusiast.
Source: Entertainment Weekly