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Tuor Reaches the Hidden City by Ted Nasmith

Gondolin was a city in Beleriand founded by King Turgon which became the home of his people for most of the First Age.

Some years after the Exile of the Noldor, Turgon was guided by Ulmo to the hidden valley of Tumladen, and there he founded Gondolin. Turgon's people, who had previously dwelt in Nevrast, travelled there secretly, becoming the Gondolindrim. Also known as the Hidden City, it was concealed from friend and foe alike by the Encircling Mountains, and guarded against trespassers by the Eagles of Thorondor.

The city remained hidden for nearly four hundred years, becoming the last Elven realm to endure against Morgoth, before it was finally discovered through the treachery of Maeglin and besieged. Turgon was lost in the Fall of the city, but some few escaped the destruction and dwelt as Exiles at the Mouths of Sirion.

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Then when Fingon heard afar the great trumpet of Turgon his brother, the shadow passed and his heart was uplifted, and he shouted aloud: Utúlie'n aurë! Aiya Eldalië ar Atanatári, utúlie'n aurë! The day has come! Behold, people of the Eldar and Fathers of Men, the day has come! And all those who heard his great voice echo in the hills answered crying: Auta i lómë! The night is passing!

Quenta Silmarillion, "Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad"

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Books: The Hobbit (1937) · The Lord of the Rings (1954-5) · The Silmarillion (1977) · Unfinished Tales (1980) · The Children of Húrin (2007) · Beren and Lúthien (2017) · The Fall of Gondolin (2018) · The History of Middle-earth (1983-96) · The Nature of Middle-earth (2021) · Tales from the Perilous Realm (1945-98) · Letters from Father Christmas (1976)

Adaptations: The Hobbit (1977) · The Lord of the Rings (1978) · The Return of the King (1980) · The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) · The Two Towers (2002) · The Return of the King (2003) · An Unexpected Journey (2012) · The Desolation of Smaug (2013) · The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) · The Rings of Power series (2022) · The War of the Rohirrim (forthcoming) · See also: Fan films

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