The Silmarillion – A Beginner’s Guide – Pt 32 (Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin)


At last, in the year when Eärendil was seven years old, Morgoth was ready, and he loosed upon Gondolin his Balrogs, and his Orcs, and his wolves; and with them came dragons of the brood of Glaurung, and they were become now many and terrible. (242)


This post continues my chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion. This time, I will examine the 23rd chapter of The Silmarillion proper, “Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin.” You can see a list of all of the posts in this series by clicking here.

Ruins of Gondolin ©2010-2015 Grrrod

You’ll recall from Chapter 20, during the Battle of Unnumbered Tears, Huor (brother of Húrin) says to King Turgon of Gondolin that “from you and from me a new star shall arise.” With Chapter 23, we pick up that story.

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The Silmarillion – A Beginner’s Guide – Pt 31 (Of the Ruin of Doriath)

But now the rumour ran among the scattered Elves of Beleriand that Dior Thingol’s heir wore the Nauglamír, and they said: ‘A Silmaril of Fëanor burns again in the woods of Doriath’; and the oath of the sons of Fëanor was waked again from sleep. (236)


This post continues my chapter-by-chapter walkthrough of The Silmarillion. This time, I will examine the 22nd chapter of The Silmarillion proper, “Of the Ruin of Doriath”. You can see a list of all of the posts in this series by clicking here.

“Of the Ruin of Doriath” is not one of the longest chapters in The Silmarillion, but it is perhaps the most packed with hugely significant events. There’s a ton of stuff that I could speak about, but I’ve tried to boil it down to the bare essentials. It all picks up after the death of Túrin and Nienor, Húrin’s children. Continue reading “The Silmarillion – A Beginner’s Guide – Pt 31 (Of the Ruin of Doriath)”

Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 15 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 7 – Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor


For Fëanor began to love the Silmarils with a greedy love, and grudged the sight of them to all save his father and his seven sons; he seldom remembered now that the light within them was not his own. (69)


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In episode 15, we discuss Chapter 7 of The Silmarillion, “Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Noldor.” Also, my beginner’s guide to this chapter can be found here.

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Talking Tolkien Podcast – Ep. 13 – The Silmarillion – Ch. 6 – Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor


For Manwë was free from evil and could not comprehend it, and he knew that in the beginning, in the thought of Ilúvatar, Melkor had been even as he; and he saw not to the depths of Melkor’s heart, and did not perceive that all love had departed from him for ever. (65-66)


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In episode 13, we discuss Chapter 6 of The Silmarillion, “Of Fëanor and the Unchaining of Melkor.”

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