The so-called “Holy Grail of Tolkien texts” is set to be released.
A novel penned by the late author of “Lord of the Rings” back in 1917 will be published by HarperCollins in August.
“The Fall of Gondolin” was one of the first books that J.R.R. Tolkien began writing, before completing “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings.”
The author began writing the story — the first one set in his fantasy series’ Middle-Earth — while recovering in a hospital after the Battle of the Somme during World War I.
Some pieces of “The Fall of Gondolin” have appeared in Tolkien’s “The Book of Lost Tales.”
The fantasy novel is the tale of the mysterious and beautiful elven city, Gondolin, as it is sacked and burned to the ground by the Dark Lord Morgoth.
The book’s illustrator will be Alan Lee, 70, who was one of the lead concept artists for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” films. Lee has illustrated other Tolkien work such as “The Children of Hurin.”