Thursday, November 12, 2015

30 Day Challenge Day XII

Favorite Location

My favorite realm has to be Gondolin.  It was the city most similar to Valinor, specifically Tirion.  It isn't as well known as other locations in Middle-earth since it is only described in The Silmarillion, so here is a little background on it.

So going way back, there was a group of elves called the Noldor.  There's a long history about them which is what The Silmarillion is about, but I won't get into that.  Anyway, one day, one of the princes of this group was traveling.  He had a strange dream that instructed him to build a fortress because evil was brewing.  It turns out that the Master of the Water, Ulmo had sent this dream to Turgon (the prince).  He showed him just where to build it and he protected it from many foes.  It became known as the Hidden City because no one knew exactly where it was.

Turgon built it to look like the eleven city of Tirion in the Undying Lands and from then on Gondolin was ever a sign of hope for the elves.  As long as that city stayed hidden and safe, they were alright.

But of course it didn't and several factors contributed to it's discovery and downfall.  It was completely ravished, Turgon was killed and many elves died in the city's defense.

So that is a very bare summary of this city.  If you are interested in learning more, read the Silmarillion!  I cannot stress enough: it's hard work, but it is worth it!  You will love it.

And just in case you're wondering, my favorite location from the actual story of The Lord of the Rings is Rivendell.  I could spend hours resting and reading there.


  1. My favorite location is The Shire. But mostly because I live in Bag End ; )