There are two of the great powers in the world. There is Morgoth of the uttermost evil, unseen in this story but ruling over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, second in might only to ManwÃ«, chief of the Valar: he is called the Lord of Waters, of all seas, lakes, and rivers under the sky. He works in secret in Middle-earth to support the Noldor, the kindred of the Elves among whom were numbered HÃºrin and TÃºrin Turambar. Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelt in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Turgon King of Gondolin is hated and feared above all his enemies by Morgoth, who seeks in vain to discover the marvellously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor in heated debate largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmoâs desires and designs. Into this world comes Tuor
Prologue -- The original tale -- The earliest text -- Turlin and the exiles of Gondolin -- The story told in the Sketch of the Mythology -- The story told in the Quenta Noldorinwa -- The last version -- The evolution of the story -- Conclusion.