Lord of the Rings: Fall of Gondolin

Lord of the Rings: Fall of Gondolin

The second son of Fingolfin, Turgon the Wise
initially stood with the sons of Finarfin, in Aman, who opposed following his uncle Feanor’s
plan for the Noldor Elves to leave the undying lands to pursue Morgoth and the stolen Silmaril
jewels in Middle Earth. However when his father made the decision
to follow Feanor, Turgon, despite his reservations, joined in the treacherous journey across the
Helcaraxe mountains of the far North. Ignoring the Doom of Mandos, a prophesy forewarning
the Noldor that their journey to Middle Earth would only end in suffering., they ventured
forth, losing many along the way, including Turgon’s wife Elenwe.
When at last they arrived in Middle Earth, Feanor, High King of the Noldor had already
been slain in battle, as his forces approached Angband.
Fingolfin would soon become the new High King reuniting his people and leading them found
many great and powerful cities across Beleriand. And so it would be in the year 50 of the First
Age, that Turgon and his cousin Finrod, were visited by the Vala Ulmo, Lord of Waters,
in their dreams, and warned of the coming dangers they would face against Morgoth. He
instructed them to seek out a secret location where they might build a new city, hidden
away from the vast armies of the Dark Lord. 3 years later Turgon would discover the Valley
of Tumlanden surrounded by the Encircling Mountains, and there labored for over 60 years,
building the city of Gondolin, modelling its construction after the ancient city of Tirion,
in Aman, the greatest city of the Noldor Elves. When its construction was complete, Turgon
began to lead many of his fellow elves, including about 1/3 of the Noldor and ¾ of the Northern
Sindar Elves to the city, utilizing secret passages few would ever learn.
Gondolin would become an isolated society, largely staying out of the affairs and conflicts
of rest of Beleriand, lest the enemy learn of its secret location.
For 500 years they would prosper, and became the greatest Elven city in the Middle Earth.
Yet outside of the peace and splendor of Gondolin, terrible battles were being waged, as the
forces of Morgoth continued to grow and attack the Elves and their allies across Beleriand.
After the battle of Dagor Bargolach, Turgon’s father, the High King of the Noldor Fingolfin
was slain in a duel with Morgoth himself. The fate of Gondolin and its people would
then become tied with a mortal man by the name of Tuor, son of Huor. After escaping
the bonds of slavery under the Easterlings, he travelled throughout Beleriand until finding
an Noldor Elf named Voronwe, who had survived a ship wreck. The Vala Ulmo then appeared
to them, instructing them to journey to Gondolin and warn Turgon, reminding him of the Doom
of Mandos prophecy, and instructing him to lead his people across the sea, and return
to the undying lands. Yet when Tuor found his way to the Elven city,
Turgon rejected the idea of fleeing, confident in the secrecy of his kingdom and their defenses.
Tuor however was honored as an Elf-Friend, and made a Lord of the city, even marrying
Turgon’s daughter Idris, and forming the House of the Wing, one of the 12 great houses
of Gondolin. After the death of Fingolfin, his eldest son
Fingon, Turgon’s older brother, would become the new High King, and despite the isolation
of Gondolin’s people, Turgon would raise an army of ten thousand Elves, to join with
the armies of Fingon and his cousin Maedhros, at Nirnaith Arnoediand, the Battle of Unnumbered
tears. Hoping to at last defeat Morgoth by storming his fortress of Angband, the alliance
of Elves and Men would be defeated,* and Fingon killed in a duel with Gothmog, commander of
the enemy forces. As the tide of battle turned against the Elves, Turgon led his forces into
retreat, able to keep their route hidden, thanks to the efforts of their human allies
in the House of Hador, who covered their retreat, distracting enemy forces with their sacrifice. Though the alliance of Elves and Men had prepared
well for the battle, they were betrayed by Ulfang and the Easterlings resulting in a
disastrous defeat. Though Turgon inherited the title of High
King of the Noldor, he had seen enough death and withdrew his efforts and support in the
war, allowing for Morgoth to more easily conquer what remained of the free peoples of Beleriand.
And so it was that after the fall of the great cities of the west, Gondolin was left as the
only major power, that might stand against the forces of darkness.
And while the Noldor Elves of Gondolin were fiersome warrior, protected by the encircling
mountains, and the secrecy of their city, this advantage would be negated, when Maeglin,
nephew of Turgon, betrayed his people and city.
Maeglin was the nephew of Turgon, born to the Ñoldor Aredhel and the Dark Elf Eöl.
After the death of his parents, Maeglin was raised by his uncle, and became a Lord of
Gondolin. In love with his first cousin, the daughter
of Turgon, Idris, Maeglin was outraged when she was given as a bride to Tuor, a mortal
man. His jealousy and discontent only grew, until he disobeyed the laws of Gondolin, leaving
the city as he scavenged for metals. Once outside he was captured by orcs and brought
before Morgoth who promised him the Kingship of Gondolin and Idris as his bride, if only
he would betray Turgon, and kill Tuor. Maeglin agreed to his terms, divulging the
location of the secret city and offering details of their defenses. Although some sources claim
Morgoth’s spies had already informed him of the location of the city, he was greatly
interested in learning of their defenses and so allowed Maeglin to return to Gondolin,
where he began acting like a new Elf, laughing and joking with his fellows, in the hopes
of keeping his treachery secret. Although the armies of Gondolin were preparing
for battle, Morgoth cleverly withdrew his spies and scouts, tricking Turgon into believing
the Dark Lord had cancelled his plans for invasion. And so it would be on a night of
celebration, with the defenses of the city reduced, and none expecting attack, that Morgoth
would gather his mighty forces, and march upon the Gondolin.
The armies of Morgoth were vast, made up of Orcs, trolls, Balrogs, dragons and new constructions
known as Iron Monsters, crafted in the image of Dragons, that might house his soldiers
and protect them from danger until ready to unleash them upon the enemy. The forces of Gondolin, were led by the Patriarchs
of 12 Major Houses and their armies. There was
Turgon and the House of the King; Tuor and the House of the Wing;
Maeglin and the House of the Mole; Duilin and the House of the Swallow;
Egalmoth and the House of the Heavenly Arch; Penlod and the twin Houses of the Pillar and
the Tower of Snow; Galdor and the House of the Tree;
Glorfindel and the House of the Golden Flower; Ecthelion and the House of the Fountain;
Salgant and the House of the Harp And finally Rog from the House of the Hammer
of Wrath. Though the Elves fought valiantly and courageously,
many refusing to flee, fighting and dying to the last man, they could not best the terrible
forces brought against them. One by one the Houses fell and their leaders were killed.
As the Elves of Gondolin died around them, the Balrog commander Gothmog duelled Ecthelion
of the House of the Fountain. Though Ecthelion was all but deafeted, having lost the use
of both his arms, he made one final charge, stabbing Gothmog with the spike of his helm,
driving the beast into a fountain, where they both drowned. In the midst of the raging battle, Maeglin
set his betrayal in motion, leading his army to the house of Tuor, where he planned to
capture Idris and murder their son Earnedil. However Tuor arrived just as Maeglin was preparing
to act and the Houses of the Wing and Mole went to war against each other, turning the
invasion into a civil war. Tuor was able to rescue his wife and child, killing Maeglin
by tossing his body over the walls of the city. With the forces of Gondlin all but defeated,
King Turgon instructed Tuor to lead a retreat, while the King and his men held off the armies
of Morgoth. As Tuor and Glorfindel led the remnants of their houses and what others they
could find, through a secret escape, constructed by Tuor, who had feared this eventuality,
Turgon climbed to the top of his mighty tower, and in defiance of the armies destroying his
city, he yelled out “Great is the victory of the Ñoldoli!” Though Turgon would die defending his kingdom,
the sacrifice of his men allowed for Tuor and his followers to escape the city, which
was now burning behind them. As they made their escape, they were confronted
by a Balrog who sought to halt their retreat. Glorfindel, one of the last living leaders
of a great house, would then sacrifice himself, using the weight of his body to drag the Balrog
over a cliff, to his doom. With this final and tragic death, the remnant
of Gondolin escaped the slaughter, with Tuor leading his followers to the Mouths of Sirion
where they might take refuge. But with the fall of Gondolin, last of the
great Elven cities in the West, Tuor and Idris knew it would only be a matter of time, before
even the survivors of the war would be slaughtered. And so the two set sail for the undying lands,
determined to seek out the help of the Valar, so they might at last defeat the forces of
Morgoth who had all but completed their conquest of Beleriand.

95 thoughts on “Lord of the Rings: Fall of Gondolin”

  1. Videos are awesome bud. keep it up! LOTR videos are my personal favorite because the world is super fascinating.

  2. but finrod was high king of the noldor for some time before being slain by a wolf while trying to help beren in minas tirith which sauron corrupted.

  3. Tuor was the man! The "thudder-sharp" Dramborleg was the greatest weapon in the history of Middle Earth!!!! (in my opinion ;-))

  4. I just love your lord of the rings stories. If you guys don't know they have a great mod of this for total war medieval two. You guys want to get your geek on you got to try this game ?

  5. if the numenorians went to aman, eru destroyed the army easyly then why didnt eru help the valar when fighting against melkor
    great vid though:)

  6. I always loved the character of Maeglin, and his father Eöl. They seem to be the only elves who "fell to the dark side" in Tolkien's lore. Maeglin is almost the Darth Vader of Silmarillion. And that final scene where Tuor and Maeglin duelling on the walls of Gondolin is just epic.

  7. This isn't related to the video, but are you going to do a Star Wars video for Revan? I think that would be very interesting.

  8. this can actually match game of thrones in terms of lore…. i wonder why no top production is making a series on of this

  9. Iron monster? In all my years of studying middle earth i've never heard of them, any information on like…..what they were?

  10. Hi mate, i love your videos they are absolutely brilliant! However I do have one question, where can information on the iron monsters that you mentioned? I am flicking through the pages of my books and had a quick internet search and cannot seem to find anything about them, if you could point me in the right direction that would be fantastic. Thanks in advance.

  11. i don't know why but i alway feel sad for Maeglin,and don't like Tuor.i wish Maeglin were succsessful.killing tuor and taking Idril as his bride.

  12. So glorfindel died before the third age? hm so the videogame battle for middle-earth was wrong putting him in the war of the north :p

  13. Ecthelion was the leader of the house of the fountain and he died in a fountain gratulations Ecthelion you live up to your house

  14. Did anyone record any numbers about the size of the armies involved? Gondolin only went to war once and was able to make it back relatively intact. So it would have been no push over to take the city. Morgoth's army must have been the strongest dark forces had ever been able to field.

  15. Would love to see a movie made about the Fall of Gondolin….just not Peter Jackson directing though.

  16. Im pretty sure Christopher is going to publish The Fall of Gondolin next, as he kinda suggested in the Preface to The Children of Hùrin that there was a lot of material left from his father specifically naming Children of Húrin, Beren and Luthien and The Fall of Gondolin. And now that 2 of those have been published i think it will be the next, which im very much looking forward to. If you want the source, read the Preface to Children of Húrin page 10-12.

  17. I wish they made a movie about this part.
    For what I've seen in the franchise and like Peter Jackson, it seem they only make a movie of Tolkien's works when it comes to Hobbits.
    I mean come on, no need only for that. There's a bigger world there in the past and in the present than those Halflings scurrying around the story in the War in the North and in the War of the Rings.

  18. Maeglin was a traitorous,incestuous, bitch that in the end received nothing but his death. It would have been better had he died at the battle of unnumbered tears.

  19. Rog was fucking badass his people were made of those that were once thralls of morgoth and were all blacksmiths armed with great warhammers all died to the last elf.

  20. Morgoth knew the area where Gondolin was, as it was betrayed by Hurin, who with his brother Huor, was fostered for a time in Gondolin. When Hurin cried out to Turgon, Morgoth knew the general area. This was the first fruit of Morgoth's curse upon Hurin and his children. However, The Encircling Mountains were also protected by the Eagles who would constantly foil Morgoth's spies.

  21. Hey Tolkien fans! I have a song by the band Artemis Moon you might like! I wrote this straight out of the Silmarillion and I hope you enjoy it!


  22. I'm reading Christopher Tolkien's re-release of "The Fall of Gondolin" as we speak!

    There's a lot you left out . . .

  23. All the houses with nice noble names and fair and beautiful imagery, except one. you have the traitor in "The house of the Mole", may as well named it the House of the totally not going to knife you in the back.

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