"Unfinished Tales"; Part I
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"The Fall of Gondolin" was the first of the tales of the First Age to be composed. There are evidences, provided by J.R.R.Tolkien himself that it was begun in the period 1916-1917, “during sick-leave from the army in 1917", later developed and officially presented for the first time in 1920.
Christopher Tolkien explains:
"Much later he began work on an entirely refashioned account, entitled "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin." It seems very likely that this was written in 1951, when The Lord of the Rings was finished but its publication doubtful. Deeply changed in style and bearings, yet retain-ing many of the essentials of the story written in his youth, "Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin" would have given in fine detail the which legend that constitutes the brief 23rd chapter of the published Silmarillion, but, grievously, he went no further than the coming of Tuor and Voronwë to the last gate and Tuor's sight of Gondolin across the plain of Tumladen. To his reasons for abandoning it there is no clue.
This chapter was called "Of Tuor and his Coming to Gondolin", since it tells nothing of the fall of the city."
See a detailed outline here: Top:Of__Tuor__and__his__Coming__to__Gondolin
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