The official Facebook page for J.R.R. Tolkien recently unveiled an exclusive Alan Lee artwork from The Fall of Gondolin and, suffice to say, it looks gorgeous. Not only that, it features quite possibly the coolest Vala in Arda.
Plus, today I’ve just been informed that my pre-order is on its way!
I can only speak for myself, but my excitement is tinged with a slight dose of unease about the contents of the book. I have no doubt that I will enjoy it as much as I have done the previous two publications of The Children of Húrin and Beren and Lúthien. Yet whereas the former was a beautifully-edited book serving as a stand-alone story, the other was more of an analysis on the evolution of the narrative, with a series of inter-connected sketches, drafts, prose & poetry, stitched together (all this done in a remarkably seamless way).
In a way, whilst I wish The Fall of Gondolin was more akin to the standalone concept, if the book turns out to be another collection of essays, verse, early prose and commentaries, it I’ll still manage to make my day!
And obviously, expect a review once I read it 🙂 … (hopefully soon).